Sun Yung Shin

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Sun Yung Shin
Born 1974 (age 42–43)
Seoul, South Korea
Nationality American
Korean name
Hangul 신선영
Revised Romanization Sin Seon-yeong
McCune–Reischauer Sin Sŏnyŏng

Sun Yung Shin (born 1974) is a Korean American poet, writer and educator living in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

She is the editor of "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota" (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2016), author of "Unbearable Splendor" (Coffee House Press 2016), Rough, and Savage (Coffee House Press, 2012), Skirt Full of Black (Coffee House Press, 2007), the bilingual (English/Korean) illustrated children's book Cooper's Lesson (Children's Book Press an imprint of Lee & Low Books) and she was an editor with Jane Jeong Trenka and Julia Chinyere Oparah for Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption (South End Press, 2006), the first international anthology on the politics of transracial adoption edited by transracial adoptees. Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption was released in a Korean-language edition by KoRoot Press in Seoul, South Korea, in 2012.

Early years[edit]

Shin was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in Chicago.

She attended Boston University for one year and then transferred to Macalester College in St. Paul and graduated cum laude with a degree in English. She has a master's degree in teaching from the University of St. Thomas and currently lives in Minneapolis.

She has worked teaching literature, media reform and creative writing at the Perpich Center for Arts Education and also taught composition and creative writing at the University of Minnesota, Macalester College, Hamline University, St. Thomas, The College of St. Catherine, The Loft Literary Center and Intermedia Arts/SASE: The Write Place. She has also taught English as second language and has been a guest artist in many inner city schools in the Minneapolis-St Paul. She has been involved in the groundbreaking but now defunct Asian American Renaissance and as a board member on many other community organizations. Shin presents her work frequently.

Additional writing and awards[edit]

Shin won the Asian American Literary Award in 2008 for her book of poems Skirt Full of Black. Shin's essays and fiction are anthologized in Fiction on a Stick (Milkweed), Riding Shotgun (Borealis), Transforming a Rape Culture (Milkweed), Echoes Upon Echoes: New Korean American Writings (Temple University), The Encyclopedia Project Vol. 1, A-E, Vol. 2, F - K, and The Adoption Encyclopedia (Greenwood Publishing).

She is a recipient of grants and awards from the (Archibald) Bush Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board and the Jerome Foundation.

Her poems have appeared in journals such as Indiana Review, Swerve, Court Green, Mid-American Review, Sonora Review, Capilano Review and Xcp cross-cultural poetics.

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