Catching Up With Tinderbox

A Cruelty Special to Our Species by Emily Jungmin Yoon

Where can we read your most recent work?

My most recent poems “Decency” and “Litany for the Green” have been published in the Paris Review last December!

What are you reading (and how’re you liking it)?

I’m always reading multiple books at once, but I am rereading Cathy Park Hong’s Dance Dance Revolution (2007) and I love it. I am really captivated by its invented language and imagined landscape that question, respectively, the integrity of the English language and the meaning of national identity.

What’s on the horizon for you?

I translated poems by 9 Korean women writers for Tilted Axis’s Translating Feminisms chapbook series. My chapbook is called Against Healing, and I believe all the books in the series will be out in the world by the end of this month.


Emily Jungmin Yoon is the author of A Cruelty Special to Our Species (Ecco, September 2018) and Ordinary Misfortunes (Tupelo Press, July 2017), winner of the Sunken Garden Chapbook Prize. Her poems and translations have appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Poetry, and elsewhere. She has accepted awards and fellowships from Ploughshares’ Emerging Writer’s Contest, AWP’s WC&C Scholarship Competition, The Home School in Miami, the Aspen Institute, New York University, the University of Chicago, Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and Sarah Lawrence College Summer Seminar for Writers. In 2017, she received the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. She is the Poetry Editor for The Margins, the literary magazine of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and a PhD student in Korean literature at the University of Chicago.