Khaty Xiong is the daughter of Hmong refugees from Laos. She is the author of Poor Anima (Apogee Press, 2015) and three poetry chapbooks: Elegies (University of Montana, 2013), Deer Hour (New Michigan Press, 2014), and Ode to the Far Shore (Platypus Press, 2016). Xiong has received an award from the Ohio Arts Council and a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony. Her work has been published in POETRY, The New York Times, How Do I Begin?: A Hmong American Literary Anthology and elsewhere.