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About the Author
Emily Jungmin Yoon is the author of Ordinary Misfortunes, the 2017 winner of the Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize by Tupelo Press. Yoon was born in Busan in the Republic of Korea and received her BA at the University of Pennsylvania and MFA in creative writing at New York University. She has been the recipient of awards and fellowships from Ploughshares' Emerging Writer's Contest, AWP's WC&C Scholarship Competition, and the Poetry Foundation, among others. Her poems and translations have appeared in publications including the New Yorker, POETRY, the New York Times Magazine, and Korean Literature Now. She currently serves as the poetry editor for the Margins, the literary magazine of the Asian American Writers' Workshop, and is a PhD student studying Korean literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.
Reaching back to a historical trauma well before her own time, Emily Jungmin Yoon finds language to convey its horror and violence-painfully and unsparingly but somehow also with a delicacy, precision, and attention that does not impose the true (literal) brutality on the reader...This is an engaging, urgent book by a writer we must listen to.-- "Amy Tan, #1 New York Times bestselling author"
With searing witness and quietly prodigious song, here is a volume that speaks sharp truths...Lovely, moving, and ultimately devastating.-- "Chang-rae Lee, New York Times bestselling author"
Much of Yoon's arresting debut memorializes the Korean 'comfort women' who were forced into prostitution during World War II; it draws considerable power from the testimonies of actual survivors.-- "New York Times Book Review"
A heart-wrenching debut...Yoon's work is compelling in part because it shows the importance of understanding history and its enduring impact.-- "Washington Post"
[A] devastating debut comprising persona poems...Yoon's is a brave new voice that respects how the past informs the present.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"