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Asian American Studies Lecture Series: Monica Youn and Jenny Zhang

Monica Youn, Creative Writing; Jenny Zhang, writer

February 26, 2020 · 4:30 pm-6:00 pm · 101 McCormick

Program in American Studies

Poet and Princeton creative writing lecturer Monica Youn and fiction writer and poet Jenny Zhang read and discuss in this series celebrating new Asian American writing. A reception and book sale and signing follows.

Monica Youn is the author of three books of poetry, most recently “Blackacre” (Graywolf Press 2016), which won the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kingsley Tufts Award and the PEN Open Book Award and was longlisted for the National Book Award, as well as being named one of the best poetry collections of the year by the New York Times, Washington Post and BuzzFeed. Her previous book, “Ignatz” (Four Way Books 2010), was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, and Stanford University, among others.

Jenny Zhang is the author of the story collection “Sour Heart” and the poetry collection “Dear Jenny, We Are All Find.” Her second collection of poetry, “My Baby First Birthday,” is forthcoming from Tin House. She is the recipient of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction.

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