Tuesday, September 6th: Poetry. Khaty Xiong reads from her first full-length book of poetry, Poor Anima. She will be joined by fellow UM MFA alumna, Asta So. 7 pm.
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 is recently a 2016 recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. 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. More of her work can be found at www.khatyxiong.com. She currently resides in Gahanna, OH.
Asta So was born in Hong Kong and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she studied English literature and creative writing at Stanford University. She writes both fiction and nonfiction and received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana. She has work forthcoming in Fiction Attic Press and is the Editorial Director at Submittable in Missoula.