Siew David Hii’s prose and poetry appear or are forthcoming at Salt Hill, Hobart, Electric Literature, The Common, Sugar House Review, Nashville Review, The American Journal of Poetry, PRISM, Sou’wester, and elsewhere. His work was longlisted for the 2021 Emerging Poet Prize and a finalist for the 2020 National Poetry Month competition from Iron Horse Literary Review.
Hii attended the University of Southern Mississippi for his B.A. in English. In a short article from USM News celebrating Hii’s publication in Salt Hill, he shared advice for emerging writers. “Writing daily is crucial, so keep the pen moving even if it results in only one good sentence. He also encourages writers to read voraciously and think about texts —and life— through the lens of a writer. “I’ve been writing for years, and it’s exciting to see hard work come to fruition,” Hii said. “I hope those who read my work understand the necessity of a continued fight for social justice.”
Hii studies creative writing at North Carolina State University, where he is an M.F.A. candidate. He was recently announced as a recipient of the Sundress Academy for the Arts’s Summer 2022 Residency Fellowship. Hii’s writing often explores different Asian-American experiences and identities in the South and the ensuing struggles of identity that immigrating to America creates. His recent contribution to Sweet’s Asian Solidarity Special Issue in 2021 can be found here.
Updated July 2022