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. Her second collection Ignatz was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, among other journals. She has given readings at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), on NPR's All Things Considered and was a keynote reader at the 2012 AWP Conference. She teaches creative writing at Princeton University and at the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.
She was previously the inaugural Brennan Center Constitutional Fellow at New York University Law School. She formerly directed the campaign finance reform project at the Brennan Center for Justice. She is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and was co-lead counsel for Defendant-Intervenors in McComish v. Bennett (2011). She has appeared on PBS Newshour,Hardball with Chris Matthews, Bill Moyers Journal, and Need to Know (PBS). She is the editor of Money, Politics and the Constitution: Beyond Citizens United. She has testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, and the House Committee on Administration.
- Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University
- Yaddo residency 
- MacDowell fellow 
- 2008 Witter Bynner Fellowship
- Rockefeller Foundation / Bellagio—Villa Serbelloni,
- National Book Award Finalist 2010
- "Venice, Unaccompanied", Poetry Foundation
- "Titian’s Salome", AGNI 53, 2001
- "the wedding of ignatz", Tin House Review, Fall 2005
- "Epistle to Ignatz". The Brooklyn Rail. September 2004.
- "Ignatz Invoked; Winged Ignatz; Ignatz Domesticus". Paris Review (181). Summer 2007.
- "Ignatz Oasis; Ersatz Ignatz; I-40 Ignatz". Guernica. April 2008.
- Barter. Graywolf Press. 2003. ISBN 978-1-55597-381-0.
- Ignatz. Four Way Books. 2010. ISBN 193553601X.
- Victoria M. Chang, ed. (2004). "25th & Delores". Asian American poetry: the next generation. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0-252-07174-4.
- Legitimate Dangers. Sarabande Books. 2006. ISBN 1932511296.
- Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond. W. W. Norton & Company. 2008. ISBN 0393332381.
- Art and Artists: Poems. Everyman's Library. 2012. ISBN 978-0307959386.
- Money, Politics, and the Constitution: Beyond Citizens United. Century Foundation Press. 2011. ISBN 978-0870785214.
- "The Chilling Effect and the Problem of Private Action". Vanderbilt Law Review. October 2013.
- "Proposition 8 and the Mormon Church: A Case Study in Donor Disclosure". George Washington Law Review. December 2013.
- "The Roberts Courts' Free Speech Double Standard". American Constitution Society. November 2011.
- "First Amendment Fault Lines and the Citizens United Decision". Harvard Law and Policy Review. February 2011.