Monica Youn (CRF 2013, Juror) just published a new collection of poetry with Graywolf Press. “From From” is a poetic evocation of deracination, and a deconstruction of Asian American identity and positioning.
Fellow Civitellian Cathy Park Hong (CRF 2021) writes: “‘From From’ is equal parts comic and tragic, clinical and wrenching. Monica Youn’s parables and studies are devastating meditations on the sadism of whiteness and the abjection of racial containment. Youn’s strongest work to date . . . singular and absolutely extraordinary.”
A recent New York Times review stated that “In reflecting and refracting the fantasies and absurdities, dark secrets and blatant cruelties by which American racism invents and maintains itself, Youn counters our brutal imagination with flammable, superior dreams.”