Sun Yung Shin was born in Seoul, Korea. She is the author of poetry/essay collections Unbearable Splendor (Minnesota Book Award); Rough, and Savage; and Skirt Full of Black (Asian American Literary Award), editor of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, and author of bilingual Korean/English illustrated book for children Cooper’s Lesson.
She has received artist fellowships and grants from the Bush Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Loft, and elsewhere. With poet Su Hwang she co-founded and co-directs Poetry Asylum; she is the editor at the Twin Cities Daily Planet; and she is a consultant, speaker, facilitator, and writing teacher. She lives in Minneapolis with her family – please contact her through sunyungshin.com.