The newest addition to Red Hen’s Anthology Series, Two-Countries: U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents is an anthology of flash memoir, personal essays, and poetry edited by the adult child of an immigrant born and raised in the US. The collection contains contributions from sixty-five writers who were either born and/or raised in the US by one or more immigrant parent. Their work describes the many contradictions, discoveries, and life lessons one experiences when one is neither seen as fully American nor fully foreign. Contributors include Richard Blanco, Tina Chang, Joseph Legaspi, Li-Young Lee, Timothy Liu, Naomi Shihab Nye, Oliver de la Paz, Ira Sukrungruang, Ocean Vuong and many other talented writers from throughout the US.
“A beautiful, timely collection of poetry, essays and flash memoir by Julie R.”
This is a wonderful collection of poetry, essays and flash memoir by writers exploring identity, place, belonging and the meaning of home (writers including Richard Blanco, Li-Young Lee and Naomi Shihab Nye). The writing is first-rate. I particularly like that each contributor’s section begins with a brief “heritage statement” by the author and his or her biography, along with a photo of the author. These elements make the author’s creative work feel more personal, and they add context and further detail about their experience being a child of immigrant parents. I found myself drawn to the heritage statements as much as the creative work! This anthology is essential reading and is especially timely in light of our current political and cultural climate.