H'Rina DeTroy

is creating books & spaces for Dega & Montagnard American art + activism

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About H'Rina DeTroy

Hello! 


I’m launching this Patreon with the announcement of special workshop I’ll be teaching, Apocalypse Never: Writing Our Origins Stories & Imaginative Futures as Montagnard Americans. (More on this below.)

This Patreon supports my two-pronged mission: 1) to write a book, and 2) to continue to create spaces for Montagnard American voices. Both goals by themselves are ambitious, but with your help, this work becomes possible!

Be part of my squad, to cheer me on, and support the creation of Montagnard American literature.


Old colonial missionaries reported that Dega Montagnards in Vietnam never developed a writing system of their own. Modern-day anthropologists wrote that when Dega Montagnards finally gained literacy, the texts they wrote were destroyed. Supporting my work as a Montagnard American writer is helping me break barriers.

You'd be investing in a writer who has a record of successes: I'm working with agent, have netted fellowships, grants and awards for my work. The path to publishing includes building a platform and connecting with me through Patreon is one way I can show proof of support for my work, with receipts. This is one way to actively reshape demand in the publishing industry.

Supporting this work through Patreon helps me invest more time into writing and arts activism, and less time hustling up other, unreliable work. Often in the fall, universities need adjuncts like me at the last minute only then to say that enrollment is too low to give me a course in the spring. I love teaching and I'm good at it, but I want to build something durable: a creative nonfiction work of literary merit about my Montagnard American experience while paving the path for many more.

Help light the flame for a Montagnard American literary and arts movement.


I'm excited to announce a special writing workshop I'll be teaching, Apocalypse Never: Writing Our Origins Stories & Imaginative Futures as Montagnard Americans. It's made possible by the Creative Greensboro Grant through the City of Greensboro, North Carolina. It is part of larger project that I'm honored to collaborate on with MDA/MAO, The Past is Present: New Montagnard Artists.

Apocalypse Never is a writing workshop centering, for the first time, the Montagnard American diasporic experience. One challenge of being a Montagnard American writer is that no body of Montagnard literature exists that I can go to for inspiration, guidance, history or identity. The further I have positioned myself as a serious writer, the more I began to understand the responsibility to help create a place on bookshelves for a chorus of Montagnard American voices and experiences. The Creative Greensboro Grant is just the beginning, what I hope will be the match to light the fire and blaze our way forward.

As a teacher of ESL, composition and creative writing for over twenty years in New York City colleges, institutes and high school programs, I’ve witnessed the transformative power of owning one’s personal narrative. As a lifelong misfit, I know the power of art personally. For any minority group, a writing workshop designed specifically centering their stories is a rare and special opportunity. But in underserved communities where for socioeconomic reasons, many struggle to survive, an inviting place to be creative or just different is urgent and necessary. Limiting thoughts do become beliefs; this is why a safe space provides a chance rethink and rehearse new narratives that we tell ourselves. When we find the fearlessness to (re)define our identities and narratives, we become the actors upon the imagination and agents of our futures.

The Creative Greensboro Grant is just the beginning, what I hope will be the match to light the fire and blaze our way forward.

Help me uplift and amplify our vision, stories and voices!

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