9th Ave: Monica Youn with Solmaz Sharif

Friday, March 31, 2023 - 7:00pm

Cover of Monica Youn's poetry collection From From. The cover is a washed out rural landscape with hyperpugments of orange and blue. The title is written in two different passport-like stamps that says "From" and "From".
Join us on Friday, March 31 at 7pm PT when Monica Youn celebrates her latest collection, From From, with Solmaz Sharif at 9th Ave!

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About From From
A major achievement by Monica Youn, “one of the most consistently innovative poets working today” (NPR).

“Where are you from . . . ? No—where are you from from?” It’s a question every Asian American gets asked as part of an incessant chorus saying you’ll never belong here, you’re a perpetual foreigner, you’ll always be seen as an alien, an object, or a threat.

Monica Youn’s From From brilliantly evokes the conflicted consciousness of deracination. If you have no core of “authenticity,” no experience of your so-called homeland, how do you piece together an Asian American identity out of Westerners’ ideas about Asians? Your sense of yourself is part stereotype, part aspiration, part guilt. In this dazzling collection, one sequence deconstructs the sounds and letters of the word “deracinations” to create a sonic landscape of micro- and macroaggressions, assimilation, and self-doubt. A kaleidoscopic personal essay explores the racial positioning of Asian Americans and the epidemic of anti-Asian hate. Several poems titled “Study of Two Figures” anatomize and dissect the Asian other: Midas the striving, nouveau-riche father; Dr. Seuss and the imaginary daughter Chrysanthemum-Pearl he invented while authoring his anti-Japanese propaganda campaign; Pasiphaë, mother of the minotaur, and Sado, the eighteenth-century Korean prince, both condemned to containers allegorical and actual.

From From is an extraordinary collection by a poet whose daring and inventive works are among the most vital in contemporary literature.

About Monica Youn
Monica Youn
is the author of FROM FROM (Graywolf Press 2023), BLACKACRE (Graywolf Press 2016), IGNATZ (Four Way Books 2010), and BARTER (Graywolf Press 2003). She has been awarded the Levinson Prize from the Poetry Foundation, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America, a Witter Bytter Fellowship from the Library of Congress, and a Stegner Fellowship among other honors. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kingsley Tufts Award and the PEN Open Book Award. A former constitutional lawyer, she grew up in Houston, the daughter of Korean immigrants, and now splits her time between Brooklyn and Southern California, where she is an associate professor of English at UC Irvine.

About Solmaz Sharif
Born in Istanbul to Iranian parents, Solmaz Sharif is the author of Customs (Graywolf Press, 2022) and Look (Graywolf Press, 2016), a finalist for the National Book Award. She holds degrees from U.C. Berkeley, where she studied and taught with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People, and New York University. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, the New York Times, and others. Her work has been recognized with a “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize, Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lannan Foundation, and Stanford University. She is currently the Shirley Shenker Assistant Professor of English at U.C. Berkeley.

From From: Poems By Monica Youn Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644452219
Availability: Click the TITLE to view store availability
Published: Graywolf Press - March 7th, 2023


A major achievement by Monica Youn, “one of the most consistently innovative poets working today” (NPR).

Customs: Poems By Solmaz Sharif Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644450796
Availability: Click the TITLE to view store availability
Published: Graywolf Press - March 1st, 2022

Winner of the 2023 CLMP Firecracker Award for Poetry
Winner of the 2023 Northern California Book Award for Poetry
Finalist for the 2023 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award
Finalist for the 2022 L.A. Times Book Prize for Poetry
Longlisted for the 2023 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award

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