Khaty Xiong is a second-generation Hmong American from Fresno, CA. Born to Hmong refugees from Laos, she is the seventh daughter among her fifteen brothers and sisters. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of Montana, and was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for FY 2016. She is the author of debut collection Poor Anima (Apogee Press, 2015), which is the first full-length collection of poetry published by a Hmong American woman in the United States. Xiong’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Verse Daily, and Poetry Society of America. Currently resides in Gahanna, OH.