Where are my students now? Publishing poetry in the New Yorker magazine and teaching!
I am in touch with most of my former students, several of whom are highly successful. Emily Yoon wanted to be a doctor. It took a little arm twisting, but she’s now a writer.
I was delighted to read her poem Time, In Whales in The New Yorker magazine this morning. I’m very proud of her.
Emily Jungmin Yoon is the author of Ordinary Misfortunes, the 2017 winner of the Sunken Garden Chapbook Prize by Tupelo Press and selected by Maggie Smith.
She was born in Busan, Republic of Korea, and since the age of 10, she has lived in Victoria (BC, Canada), Philadelphia, and New York, and currently lives in Chicago. She received her BA in English and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and MFA in Creative Writing – Poetry at New York University, where she served as an Award Editor for the Washington Square Review and received a Starworks Fellowship.
She has also received awards and fellowships from Ploughshares’ Emerging Writer’s Contest, AWP’s WC&C Scholarship Competition, The Home School in Miami, Aspen Words, and the Ron Offen Student Poetry Prize at the University of Chicago.
Her poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, POETRY, Columbia Journal Online, Pinwheel, and elsewhere.
She currently serves as the Poetry Editor for The Margins, the literary magazine of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and is a PhD student studying Korean literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.