Kathryn Kysar and Sun Yung Shin will join us to discuss the field of poetry editing. Speaking from their experience as both authors and editors of poetry, they will share their background and experiences, what’s unique about this type of editing, and the particular challenges poets and poetry editors face in the publishing industry and literary world. They will address the writer/editor relationship and discuss what skills are needed, how one gets into poetry editing, where one may find opportunities, and more.
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Kathryn Kysar is the author of two books of poetry, Dark Lake and Pretend the World, and she edited the anthology Riding Shotgun: Women Write about Their Mothers. She has received fellowships and residencies from the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Tofte Lake Center, and the Oberholtzer Foundation. Her poems have been published in the Minnesota Women’s Press, Mom Egg Review, Stone Coast Review, Great River Review, Permafrost, Midland Review, Revolver, Mizna, and many other magazines and anthologies.
She is the founder and cochair of the creative writing program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, and she has served on the boards of directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and Rain Taxi. She teaches classes and offers manuscript consultations through the Loft Literary Center. Her most recent project was a collaborative CD of poems from Pretend the World. She performs with the Sonoglyph Collective, a poetry/improvisational jazz group, and resides with her family in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Sun Yung Shin
신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Unbearable Splendor (Coffee House Press), the editor of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota (Minnesota Historical Society Press), the coeditor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption (University of Minnesota Press), and the author of children’s book Cooper’s Lesson (Lee & Low Books).
Her forthcoming anthology What We Hunger For: Refugees & Immigrants on Food & Family is available for preorder and will be released on April 6, 2021; her cowritten children’s book Where We Come From (Lerner Books) will be published in 2022; her fourth collection of poems, The Wet Hex, is due out in 2022. Her special limited-edition chapbooks include granted to a foreign citizen, a collaboration with Canadian art critic and curator Godfre Leung and ArtSpeak; and Specimens of Immortality, a collaboration with graphic designer and visual artist Alexander Hage. Her poems have been translated into Korean and exhibited in the Gwangju Biennale 2021.
She is working on a speculative antimemoir about family separation and memory; a series about doors with Canadian visual artist Jinny Yu based on the epic myth of the first Korean shaman Baridegi; an apocalyptic opera with Afrofuturist composer Dameun Strange; and a dance performance on vastnesses with choreographer Valerie Oliveiro. With fellow Korean immigrant poet Su Hwang, author of the acclaimed debut poetry collection BODEGA (Milkweed Editions), she codirects Poetry Asylum. She is a full-time artist, educator, freelance writer, bodyworker, and cultural worker and lives in Minneapolis with her family; more at www.sunyungshin.com.