Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

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Sarah Shun-lien Bynum (born 1972) is an American writer. Her brother is musician Taylor Ho Bynum.[1]

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter and teaches writing and literature at Otis College of Art and Design. Bynum is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. As fairy tales are a common theme in many of her works, Bynum expressed that it was because she loved that "they always walk that line between wonder and darkness," as well as the "disturbing energy" that they hold.[2] Madeleine is Sleeping was published by Harcourt in 2004 and was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. Her short stories, including excerpts from her new novel, have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Triquarterly, The Georgia Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and in Best American Short Stories.[3] Her next novel, Ms. Hempel Chronicles, was published in September 2008 and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2009.[4] She was named a 2010 National Book Foundation 5 under 35 honoree.

In 2010, Bynum was named one of the New Yorker Magazine's top "20 Under 40" fiction writers.





  • "Sandman". Do Me: Tales of Love and Sex from Tin house. Tin House Books. 2007. ISBN 978-0-97941-980-5. 
  • "The Young Wife's Tale". Fantastic Women: 18 Tales of the Surreal and the Sublime from Tin House. Tin House Books. 2011. ISBN 978-1-93563-910-7. 

Short stories[edit]

  • "Yurt". The New Yorker. 21 July 2008. 
  • "The Erlking". The New Yorker. 5 July 2010. 
  • "Tell Me My Name". Ploughshares. Emerson College. 121. Fall 2013. 
  • "The Burglar". The New Yorker. 11 April 2016. 


  1. ^ Ng, Ivana (October 8, 2009) "Taylor Ho Bynum & Spidermonkey Strings: Madeleine Dreams". All About Jazz.
  2. ^ "Wonder and Darkness: interview with writer Sarah Shun-lien Bynum". Asia Pacific Arts. 2 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Bios of 2005 Whiting Writers' Award Recipients - Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Retrieved 9-20-06
  4. ^ Contributor Bio, The New Yorker, July 21, 2008

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