Catherine Chung - Picador Guest Professor in the summer semester 2009
Catherine Chung received her MFA from Cornell University, where she has also taught creative writing and essay writing classes. She was a MacDowell Colony National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, and has received fellowships from Hedgebrook and Jentel, and a waiter-scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and has received grants from the Lannan Foundation at SFAI, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation. Chung’s work has also appeared or is forthcoming in Quarterly West, Guernica Magazine, and The Journal. Her first novel, Forgotten Country, was published by Riverhead Books in March 2012. The novel follows a Korean family emigrating to America and explores what happens when certain narratives are broken by events such as war, death, displacement, and disappearance. Catherine is a Granta New Voice, and a fiction editor at Guernica Magazine. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Adelphi University, and currently lives in New York City.