Battlefield Blooming Arriving In 2019


Sahtu Press is proud to announce the forthcoming publication of Battlefield Blooming, a poetry collection by Vietnamese American author Do Nguyen Mai.

Battlefield Blooming, Do’s second poetry collection, catalogues and interrogates the Vietnamese American experience. The poems in Battlefield Blooming address issues critical to the Southeast Asian American community, from refugee resettlement to police brutality.

In the opening poem of Battlefield Blooming, “Midnight Notes to the Martyr Nhất Chi Mai,” Do begins the collection by echoing a decades-old plea for peace from a young Buddhist nun. Unlike many, Do refuses to shy away from the gruesome, vivid image of the self-immolating nun, instead confronting it directly: “Martyr, I am your backwards reflection. / My body is a flaming torch / I did not light.”

“We are pleased to present Do Nguyen Mai's second collection, which marks a substantial achievement for the young poet in the depth and range of her work,” Nor Sanavongsay, founder of Sahtu Press, said.

Battlefield Blooming is Do’s second book. It will be released in February of 2019. Her first book, Ghosts Still Walking, was nominated for the 2017 Science Fiction Poetry Association Elgin Award and is available from Platypus Press. At 17 years old, Do was the youngest poet to have a collection nominated for the award.

“Early reaction to this collection has been tremendously positive,” Lao American poet Bryan Thao Worra said. “Do Nguyen Mai's voice is consistently engaging and compelling, taking on the Southeast Asian Diaspora through a challenging, thoughtful lens that is at once ambitious, daring and heartfelt. Over time I think readers will happily return to the collection repeatedly to understand the next directions of our community.”

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Do Nguyen Mai was born in Southern California and raised in Santa Clarita, California to two Vietnamese refugees, Nguyen Thi Ha and Do Thanh Chung, who came to the United States in 1990. She was recently honored as one of Santa Clarita’s 2018 40 Under Forty for her work around the community and as the founding editor-in-chief of nonprofit news site The Santa Clarita Valley Proclaimer.

Do is a graduate of College of the Canyons and a current political science student at Washington College. She is the founding executive editor of Rambutan Literary. Aside from being a poet, Do is a political researcher who currently works with Courage Campaign. She specializes in Southeast Asian American politics and American leftist politics.

Sahtu Press is considered one of the nation’s first Lao American-owned and staffed literary publishers.


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