Monica Youn is the author of Blackacre (Graywolf Press 2016), Ignatz (Four Way Books 2010), which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Barter (Graywolf Press 2003). Her poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies, including The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and The Best American Poetry. She has been awarded the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University and the Witter
Bynner Fellowship of the Library of Congress, as well as residencies at Civitella Ranieri, the Rockefeller Foundation — Bellagio, Yaddo, and MacDowell. Youn received her A.B. from Princeton, where she completed the Certificate Program in Creative Writing, and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. After receiving her masters degree in English Literature from Oxford, she attended Yale Law School and practiced law for over a decade, testifying before Congress on multiple occasions, appearing as an expert commentator on PBS and MSNBC, and publishing political commentary in Slate and the New York Times, among other publications. She has previously taught poetry at Bennington College, Columbia University, and in the Warren Wilson and Sarah Lawrence M.F.A. programs.