Awards and Mentions

William Carlos Williams Award, Poetry Society of America (for BLACKACRE, selected by Robin Coste Lewis)

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

PEN Open Book Award Finalist

National Book Award Longlist

David Orr, “The Best Poetry of 2016,” The New York Times (December 22, 2016)

“Our Contributors Pick Their Favorite Books of the Year,” The Paris Review (December 21, 2016)

Jarry Lee, “The Best Poetry Books of 2016,” BuzzFeed (December 16, 2016)

“The Books We Loved in 2016,” The New Yorker (December 13, 2016)

“Best Poetry Collections of 2016: Poet’s Picks,” Minnesota Public Radio (December 5, 2016)

Elizabeth Lund, “Best Poetry Collections of 2016, ” Washington Post (November 17, 2016) and “Best Poetry Books of the Month,” Washington Post (September 13, 2016)

“45 New Books to Read this Fall,” New York Magazine, (August 25, 2016). 

“100 Books to Read for the Rest of 2016,” Brooklyn Magazine, (July 18, 2016).

“Top 10 Poetry Books Fall 2016,” Publishers Weekly (June 17, 2016). 


Alix Anne Shaw, “Blackacre,” Los Angeles Review (June 2017)

Nick Ripitrazone, “Blackacre,” The Millions (Apr. 4, 2017)

Jonathan Farmer, “On Banana Palace by Dana Levin and Blackacre by Monica Youn,” The Kenyon Review (Nov/Dec 2016)

Tess Taylor, “‘Blackacre’: A Collection of Poems About ‘Searching and Being Buffeted,'” NPR: All Things Considered (October 20, 2016)

John Yau, “A Forensic Poet for our Time,” (September 11, 2016).

Kathleen Rooney, “Former lawyer Monica Youn makes her case in new poetry collection ‘Blackacre,’” Chicago Tribune, (August 30, 2016).

Review of Blackacre, Publishers Weekly, (August 15 2016).


“All our pleasures seem kind of suspect these days,” Kaveh Akbar, Divedapper (April 24 2017)

“Interview with NBCC Poetry Finalist Monica Youn,” Kirsten Chen, New School Writing (February 26, 2017)

“Hyperconsciousness of the historical instability of words: An Interview with Monica Youn,” Matthew Thorburn, Ploughshares Blog (January 22, 2017)

“As ‘writers resist’ Trump, an interview with a poet in protest,” PBS NewsHour Online (January 16, 2017)

“A Backward Song: An Interview with Monica Youn,” Stephen Burt, Boston Review (October 31, 2016)

“Writing Infertility: Belle Boggs and Monica Youn in Conversation,” LitHub (October 28, 2016)

“Transformation, However Limited Transformation May Be,” An Interview with Monica Youn, Eric Farwell, Prairie Schooner (October 4, 2016)

Poetry Podcast, The New Yorker (discussing “Passing Through Indian Territory by Afaa Michael Weaver and “Goldacre”), with Paul Muldoon

“Nora / Laura: James Joyce and Sonnet Structure,” (MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, January 2014) available at

News Poet All Things Considered, National Public Radio (April 2012)

“Profile: Monica Youn,” The Rhodes Project

“Interview with Monica Youn,” Jean Hartig, National Book Foundation

“The Poet and the Poem” with Grace Cavalieri for the Library of Congress, National Public Radio (2008)

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