Khaty Xiong was born to Hmong refugees from Laos and is the seventh daughter of fifteen brothers and sisters. She is the author of debut collection Poor Anima (Apogee Press, 2015), which holds the distinction of being the first full-length collection of poetry published by a Hmong American woman in the United States. She has held the Nadya Aisenberg Fellowship at The MacDowell Colony (2017) and received an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council (2016) in recognition of her poetry. Xiong’s work has been featured in Poetry, the New York Times and How Do I Begin?: A Hmong American Literary Anthology (Heyday, 2011), including the following websites, Poetry Society of America, Academy of American Poets, and elsewhere.