ALLISON HONG MERRILL is a Taiwanese immigrant in Utah. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and writes in both Chinese and English, both fiction and creative nonfiction, which means she spends a lot of time looking up words on Dictionary.com. Her work has won both national and international awards. Her memoir, NINETY-NINE FIRE HOOPS, is available wherever books are sold. Visit her site where you can sign up for her short monthly email.