The author of two novels, House of the Winds and Translations of Beauty, Mia Yun was born in Seoul, Korea and came to New York as a graduate student.
Her first novel, House of the Winds, was hailed by Kirkus Reviews as “A superlative debut,” and won the Independent Publishers Award. It was a Borders’ New Voices pick and was also published in England and Korea. Translations of Beauty was a Book of the Month Club selection, a USA Today summer reading pick and was chosen by The New York Times as one of the “New Immigrant Classics” with others such as Chang Rae Lee’s Native Speaker and Gary Shteyngart’s The Russian Debutante’s Handbook.
Featured on NPR and WNYC and other media, Mia Yun has given many readings, talks and lectures at universities, bookstores and cultural institutions, and has worked as a journalist and translator.
She received an MFA from the City College of N.Y. and was also a contributing editor of Evergreen Review, an online reincarnation of the literary magazine first launched by Grove Press and the legendary publisher, Barney Rosset. Yun makes her home in Brooklyn, New York.