Monica Youn is the author of Blackacre (Graywolf Press 2016), which won the William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America. It was also shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kingsley Tufts Award, longlisted for the National Book Award, and named one of the best poetry books of 2016 by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and BuzzFeed. Her previous book Ignatz (Four Way Books 2010) was a finalist for the National Book Award.
She has been awarded the John Solomon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Witter Bynner Fellowship at the Library of Congress, the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University and residencies at Villa Serbelloni / Rockefeller Foundation, Civitella Ranieri, the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. The daughter of Korean immigrants and a former lawyer she teaches at Princeton, and is a member of the curatorial group the Racial Imaginary Institute.