Emily Yoon’s poetry is not meant to be pretty. In writing about gender, race and violence against women, she intertwines the histories of her native Korea and the United States, revealing the painful echoes of the past. It is through such memories Yoon finds a particular beauty.

Navigating these difficult spaces is one of the reasons Yoon, a UChicago graduate student, was selected as this year’s Offen Poetry Prize winner. The prize, given annually by the University’s Program in Poetry and Poetics, is awarded to an established Chicago poet who then selects a UChicago student to read his or her work. This year’s winner, Roger Reeves, selected Yoon for her inventive ability to deal with both the political and the artistic.

Written by Andrew Bauld, UChicago News

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