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Pankake Poetry reading with Sun Yung Shin

April 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Celebrated poet, writer, and cultural worker Sun Yung Shin will be featured at the 14th annual Pankake Poetry event on April 4, 2023 in Elmer L. Andersen Library.

Shin is the author of four poetry collections, one of which won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award for poetry. 

The Pankake Poetry event is part of Friends Forum: A Series for Curious Minds.

Event Details

What: 14th annual Pankake Poetry reading with Sun Yung Shin
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota
When: Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 4 to 6 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public

This is an in-person event that will also be livestreamed.

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Celebrate poetry during National Poetry Month, bring people together to enjoy and honor a local poet. This is the 14th annual Pankake Poetry Series to honor and carry on retired librarian Marcia Pankake’s tradition of hosting poetry readings. April is also National Poetry Month, a good time for us to honor a local poet and celebrate poetry.

About Sun Yung Shin

Sun Yung Shin
Sun Yung Shin (Photo: David Boyer)

Sun Yung Shin was born in Seoul, Korea and was raised in the Chicago area. She is a poet, writer, and cultural worker.

Shin is the author of the poetry collections:

  • The Wet Hex (2022)
  • Unbearable Splendor (finalist for the 2017 PEN USA Literary Award for Poetry, winner of the 2016 Minnesota Book Award for poetry)
  • Rough, and Savage
  • Skirt Full of Black (winner of the 2007 Asian American Literary Award for poetry).

She is co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, and author of bilingual illustrated book for children Cooper’s Lesson.

Shin is the editor of What We Hunger For: Refugee and Immigrant Stories on Food and Family (2021) and of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota.

She lives in Minneapolis where she co-directs the community organization Poetry Asylum with poet Su Hwang.

“In poems traversing that canny valley between verse and prose, Shin draws on cinema, technology, mythology, sci fi, autobiography and folklore to unlock the titular emotion: the unbearableness of the labyrinth, the splendor of being a machine — a hybrid, a replicant, an orphan.”

—The Rumpus

About the Pankake Poetry Series

The Pankake Poetry Series was named in honor of retired librarian Marcia Pankake, whose love of poetry was demonstrated in the countless readings and poetry events she hosted at the University Libraries.

About the Friends Forum: A Series for Curious Minds

The Friends Forum — an exciting series of events to spark your curiosity and challenge your thinking — is brought to you by the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries.


April 4
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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