Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint was born in Yangon, Myanmar and grew up in Bangkok, Thailand and San José, California. She is the author of the lyric novel The End of Peril, the End of Enmity, the End of Strife, a Haven (Noemi Press, 2018), which won an Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in the category of Adult Fiction, was named one of Entropy Magazine’s Best Books of 2018, and was a Small Press Distribution bestseller. Her second book, Names for Light: A Family History was the winner of the 2018 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in August 2021.
She is the recipient of a Fulbright grant to Spain, residencies at Hedgebrook and Millay Colony, and fellowships from Tin House and Summer Literary Seminars. She holds a B.A. in literary arts from Brown University and an M.F.A. in prose from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in english-creative writing from the University of Denver, where she served as the associate editor of the Denver Quarterly. She is currently the Visiting Writer at Amherst College, where she teaches creative writing and literature.