Mai Neng Moua was born in Laos in 1974. Her family immigrated to the U.S. in 1981. She graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and later attended the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Predominantly a creative non-fiction writer, she has been published in:
How Do I Begin?
Where One Voice Ends, Another Begins
Healing by Heart
Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
Minneapolis Star Tribune
We Are The Freedom People
Moua’s literary awards include:
Bush Artist Fellowship
Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant
Jerome Travel Grant
Loft Literary Center’s Mentor Series
Among her accomplishments, she is also the founder of Paj Ntaub Voice Hmoob Literary Journal and editor of the first Hmong American anthology: Bamboo Among the Oaks: Contemporary Writing by Hmong Americans. In 2017, she released her memoir, The Bride Price: A Hmong Wedding Story.
Moua has taught creative writing to youth through the Jane Addams School for Democracy, COMPAS, and Success Beyond the Classroom.
Moua lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Blong Yang, a former Minneapolis City Council Member, and their two daughters.