Sun Yung Shin

신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin (she/they) is a Korean-born writer and is author of four books of poems: The Wet Hex (forthcoming in June 2022); Unbearable Splendor (Minnesota Book Award winner); Rough, and Savage; and Skirt Full of Black (Asian American Literary Award). They are the editor of three prose anthologies: What We Hunger For: Refugee & Immigrant Stories about Food & Family; A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota; (co-editor of) Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption. And they are also the author of two illustrated books for children: Cooper’s Lesson (bilingual Korean/English) and the (co-author of) forthcoming Where We Come From co-written by Diane Wilson, Shannon Gibney, and John Coy and illustrated by Dion MBD. They are a 2022 MacDowell Fellow.

Their work has been supported by the Bush Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Their poems have been published in POETRY, BOMB magazine, the 2021 Gwangju Biennale, and many anthologies, journals, and other venues. They frequently collaborate with galleries, museums, visual artists, and musicians. They co-direct Poetry Asylum with poet Su Hwang and live in South Minneapolis, where they are also a writing teacher, craniosacral therapist, and equity consultant. Currently they are a Benedict Distinguished Lecturer at Carleton College and teach with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop and elsewhere. They also design and make rebellious, everyday jewelry as Tyger Tyger Jewelry. Please find their author self @sunyungshin on FB, IG, and Twitter.