By Khaty Xiong
Khaty Xiong is a second-generation Hmong-American from Fresno, CA. Born to Hmong refugees from Laos, she is the seventh daughter among her 15 brothers and sisters. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of Montana, and is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Deer Hour (New Michigan Press, 2014) and Elegies (University of Montana, 2013), which was the winning manuscript for the university's annual Merriam-Frontier Award. POOR ANIMA is her first full-length collection. Currently, she resides in Dublin, OH.