Yao Xiao

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Yao Xiao is a cartoonist and illustrator living in New York. Yao was born in China and emigrated to the United States in 2006. After graduating with a degree in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts, Xiao sought a way to document her experiences as a queer immigrant in and developed a series of comics incorporating illustration and writing. Her debut graphic novel, Everything Is Beautiful, And I’m Not Afraid was published in 2020 and has received praise by Publishers Weekly and Ms. magazine. Her work has been nominated for the Ignatz Award and recognized by the Society of Illustrators.