Monica Youn

Author of Blackacre (Graywolf Press 2016), which was longlisted for the National Book Award, Ignatz (Four Way Books 2010), which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Barter (Graywolf Press 2003). Youn received her A.B. from Princeton, where she completed the Certificate Program in Creative Writing. She was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University, where she took a master’s degree in English literature. After Oxford, she attended Yale Law School, and practiced law for over a decade, testifying before Congress on multiple occasions, appearing as an expert commentator on PBS and MSNBC, and publishing political commentary in Slate and The New York Times, among other publications. Her poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies, including The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and The Best American Poetry. She has been awarded the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University and the Witter Bynner Fellowship of the Library of Congress and has taught poetry at Bennington College, Columbia University, and Pratt Institute, and currently teaches at Princeton University and in the MFA for Writers at Warren Wilson College. SLC, 2015 –