Nami Mun has been hailed by fellow writers, prize juries, and journal editors as one of America’s most notable emerging literary voices.  

In her fiction debut, Miles From Nowhere, Mun tells the story of Joon, a thirteen-year-old Korean-American girl who flees her dysfunctional family to live on the street in the tough, pre-Giuliani New York City of the 1980’s.  A streetwise meditation on love and fate and fortune, Miles From Nowhere is a portrait of contemporary homelessness, addiction, and mental illness that is striking in its vividness and empathy. 

Peter Ho Davies describes Miles From Nowhere as a “starkly beautiful book, shot through with grace and lit by an off-hand street poetry.  Nami Mun takes a cast of junkies and runaways and brings them fiercely and frankly to life.”


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Miles from Nowhere

Nami Mun was born in Seoul, South Korea, grew up there and in the Bronx, before moving to Los Angeles.  A graduate of UC Berkeley, she received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she garnered a Hopwood Award for fiction and the Farrar Prize for Drama, and went on to become a Lecturer of English and Creative Writing. 

She has received a Pushcart Prize, as well as scholarships and residencies from The Corporation of Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony.  Her stories have been published in the 2007 Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Iowa Review, Tin House, Evergreen Review, Witness, and other journals.  She recently accepted a professorship to teach Fiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago, and has been praised by Alexander Chee as “easily one of the most important new talents in American fiction.”