Discipline: Literature – poetry

Sun Yung Shin

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Minneapolis, MN
MacDowell fellowships: 2022

Sun Yung Shin (신 선 영) is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection The Wet Hex and three other collections of poetry. She is 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, and Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption as well as the author of two books for children. Her work has appeared in the Gwangju Biennale, POETRY, BOMB magazine, and elsewhere. While at MacDowell she will be working on a graphic memoir titled Cigarettes & Lottery Tickets and a speculative novel based on the 1974 attempted assassination of South Korea's military-dictator president Park Chung-hee.

In residence, she worked on two book manuscripts, one titled The Armory, which will explore a personal and collective history of firearms, and also a memoir/essay project centered on the mechanisms affecting the racialized displacement of 200,000 South Korean children citizens to the "West" from 1953 to the present.



Sun Yung Shin worked in the Banks studio.

Banks, an ell on the north end of the Lodge dormitory, was first used as an artist’s studio in 1970. Since then, it has played host to an extraordinary list of writers. In all seasons, Fellows have enjoyed the pastoral view through the French doors facing a field extending to the north…

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