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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Nami Mun  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1968 in Seoul, South Korea

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Illinois Connection

Nami is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in Chicago, at Columbia College.

Biographical and Professional Information

Previously, Nami has worked as an Avon Lady, a street vendor, a photojournalist, a waitress, an activities coordinator for a nursing home, and a criminal defense investigator. After earning a GED, she went on to get a BA in English from UC Berkeley, an MFA from University of Michigan.In 2011 she became a US Delegate for a China/America Writers Exchange in Beijing and Chicago.

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Titles At Your Library

Miles from Nowhere
ISBN: 1594483981

Riverhead Books. 2009

A major voice in fiction debuts with the story of a teenage runaway on the streets of 1980s New York.

Teenage Joon is a Korean immigrant living in the Bronx of the 1980s. Her parents have crumbled under the weight of her father's infidelity he has left the family, and mental illness has rendered her mother nearly catatonic. So Joon, at the age of thirteen, decides she would be better off on her own, a choice that commences a harrowing and often tragic journey that exposes the painful difficulties of a life lived on the margins. Joon's adolescent years take her from a homeless shelter to an escort club, through struggles with addiction, to jobs selling newspapers and cosmetics, committing petty crimes, and finally toward something resembling hope.


  • Pushcart Prize, ''Miles from Nowhere''

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