Monica Youn

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Monica Youngna Youn is an American poet and lawyer.


She was raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated from St. Agnes Academy (Texas), Princeton University, Yale Law School with a J.D., and Oxford University with a M. Phil, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

She is the author of two books of poems.[1] Her second collection Ignatz was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry.[2] Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker,[3] The New York Times Magazine,[4] The Paris Review,[5] among other journals. She has given readings at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA),[6] on NPR's All Things Considered[7] and was a keynote reader at the 2012 AWP Conference.[8] She teaches creative writing at Princeton University[9] and at the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.[10]

She was previously the inaugural Brennan Center Constitutional Fellow at New York University Law School.[11] She formerly directed the campaign finance reform project at the Brennan Center for Justice.[11] She has appeared on PBS Newshour,[12]Hardball with Chris Matthews,[13] Bill Moyers Journal,[14] and Need to Know (PBS).[15] She is the editor of Money, Politics and the Constitution: Beyond Citizens United.[16] She has testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee,[17] the House Judiciary Committee,[18] and the House Committee on Administration.[19]

She was a pledged delegate for Obama in the 2008 presidential election.[20] She has written for Slate,[21] the Los Angeles Times,[22] and the Huffington Post.[23]

She lives in Manhattan.[24]






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