Last week Fresno Hmong-American Poet Mai Der Vang was awarded one of the nation's most prestigious book awards. The Academy of American Poets selected Vang, 34, as this years recipient of the Walt Whitman Award. Each year the honor goes to an emerging writer to make possible the publication of their first book.
In an interview with FM89, Vang says she was shocked by the news.
VANG: “I was just thrilled. I actually asked if they could double check to make sure it was me.”