A native of Radford, Virginia, Lisa Kwong identifies as an AppalAsian, an Asian from Appalachia. She is the author of Becoming AppalAsian, a poetry chapbook (Glass Lyre Press, 2022) and “Searching for Wonton Soup,” winner of Sundress Publications’ 2019 Poetry Broadside Contest. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets, A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Anthology of Appalachian Writers, root & branch, the minnesota review, Still: The Journal, Naugatuck River Review, Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture, and other publications. She currently teaches Asian American Studies at Indiana University and English at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington, Indiana.