Synopses & Reviews
"[These] accumulated poems [are] a smoldering tragedy, a heady descent, songs from a pit where what glints may be gems or the moon off snake scales."Douglas Kearney
Sun Yung Shin's poems animate the elements of the epic poem and Korean history across a dystopian dreamscape of fairy tale and folklore. Filled with pithy observations and striking lyrics, this collection explores alienation, moral isolation, and nationhood.
Sun Yung Shin is the author of Skirt Full of Black, which won the 2008 Asian American Literary Award for poetry, and the children's book Cooper's Lesson, and is the co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption. Raised in Chicago, Illinois, Shin currently lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota, and frequently returns to Korea.
Spirited and restlessly imaginative, Shin's poems weave a lyrical collage of ancient fragments, fairytale, and both Korean and American history.
About the Author
Sun Yung Shin is the author of Skirt Full of Black
, winner of the Asian American Literary Award for Poetry in 2008. She is the co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption
and the author of bilingual Korean/English illustrated book for children Cooper's Lesson
. Sun Yung has received artist grants and fellowships from the Archibald Bush Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, Bladdock Nature Sanctuary, and the Loft Literary Center. She has taught writing at the University of Minnesota, the College of St. Catherine, the Loft Literary Center, Intermedia Arts, and elsewhere in the community. Her website can be found at www.sunyungshin.com.