Discipline: Literature – fiction

Nami Mun

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Chicago, IL
MacDowell Fellowships: 2007, 2010, 2023

Nami Mun is the author of Miles from Nowhere, a national bestseller and the winner of The Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, The Hopwood Award, The Chicago Public Library 21st Century Award, and a finalist for the Orange Prize for New Writers and the Asian American Literary Award. Miles from Nowhere was selected as Editors’ Choice and Top Ten First Novels by Booklist; Best Fiction of 2009 So Far by Amazon; and as an Indie Next Pick. Chicago Magazine named her Best New Novelist of 2009. In 2011, she became a U.S. Delegate for a China/America Writers Exchange in Beijing and Chicago.

Nami has recently received the Illinois Arts Council Agency 2023 Artist Fellowship Award in Literature, a fellowship from Headland Center for the Arts, as well as a research grant from Loyola University Chicago, where she's a professor of literature and creative writing.

Nami's work can be found in The New York Times, Granta, The Yale Review, Tin House, The Iowa Review, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Evergreen Review, Witness, Tale of Two Countries: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation, and elsewhere.

At MacDowell in 2007, Mun completed a draft of Miles from Nowhere. In 2010, she completed three short stories and worked on her second novel. During her 2023 Fellowship, 13 years later, Mun finished that novel. Excerpts of this second novel have been published in The Yale Review and Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation.



Nami Mun worked in the Calderwood studio.

In the winter of 1998, motivated by his passion for reading, Stanford Calderwood donated funds for a new writers’ studio. Burr-McCallum Architects of Williamstown, MA, provided the award-winning design in 1999; and the construction of the handsome studio was completed in time for its first artist to arrive early in 2000. With a series of double-hung casement…

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