Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022
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The Cost of Immigration—Albert Samaha & Thirii Myint


Albert Samaha
Concepcion: An Immigrant Family’s Fortunes

Albert Samaha is an investigative journalist and inequality editor at BuzzFeed News and author of Concepcion: An Immigrant Family’s Fortunes, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, the Village Voice, San Francisco Weekly, and the Riverfront Times, among other outlets.

A Whiting Foundation Creative Nonfiction Grant recipient, he is also the author of Never Ran, Never Will: Boyhood and Football in a Changing American Inner City, which was a finalist for the 2019 PEN/ESPN Literary Sports Writing Award and winner of the New York Society Library’s 2019 Hornblower Award. He lives in Brooklyn

Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint
Names For Light: A Family History

Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint was born in Yangon, Myanmar and grew up in Bangkok, Thailand and San José, California. She is the author of the lyric novel The End of Peril, the End of Enmity, the End of Strife, a Haven, which won an Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in the category of Adult Fiction. 

Her second book, Names for Light: A Family History was the winner of the 2018 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. She is the recipient of a Fulbright grant to Spain, residencies at Hedgebrook and Millay Colony, and fellowships from Tin House and Summer Literary Seminars. She holds a Ph.D. in english-creative writing from the University of Denver, where she served as the associate editor of the Denver Quarterly. 

She is an Assistant Professor of English at Amherst College, where she teaches creative writing and literature.  


A pair of authors reflect on living in the US and the immigrant experience.  Nearing the age at which his mother had migrated to the US, part of the wave of non-Europeans who arrived after immigration quotas were relaxed in 1965,

 In  his book Conception, Albert Samaha began to question the ironclad belief in a better future that had inspired her family to uproot themselves from their birthplace. 

Thirii Myint’s memoir, Names for Light, traverses time and memory to weigh three generations of a family's history against a painful inheritance of postcolonial violence and racism. 


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