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). She has received a fellowship at The MacDowell Colony for fall 2017 in which she will be focusing on her second poetry collection. Find her at