Loyola University Chicago

Department of English


Nami Mun

Nami Mun

Assistant Professor

  • Office Location: Crown Center 413
  • Phone Number: 773.508.2249
  • E-mail: nmun@luc.edu


For my creative writing students, my primary teaching goal is to help them locate the story they need to tell. That story—the one that’s burning a duodenal ulcer in their stomach lining, the one that’s hiding behind their temporal parietal lobe, the one that’s going to inspire them to write more stories. With this as the beacon, I create an open, safe, respectful, fun, and rigorous environment that promotes a meticulous investigation into their reading and writing obsessions.


  • BA, University of California Berkeley (1998)
  • MFA, University of Michigan (2007)

Research Interests

  • Short Stories
  • Novels
  • The Lyric Essay
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Narrative Theory
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Asian American Literature
  • World Literature


  • Whiting Award
  • Pushcart Prize
  • Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award
  • Orange Prize for New Writers, finalist
  • Asian American Literary Award, finalist
  • Northwestern Blattner Fellowship
  • MacDowell Fellowship
  • Yaddo Fellowship
  • Headlands Center for the Arts Fellowship

Selected Publications


  • Miles from Nowhere, a novel (Penguin/Riverhead)

Short Story and Non-Fiction:

  • "The Hermit" The Yale Review
  • “Author of The Vegetarian Takes on Korea’s Violent Past” The New York Times Sunday Book Review
  • “Apartment 1G” Tale of Two Countries, an Anthology, edited by John Freeman
  • “An Education” The New York Times Sunday Book Review
  • “The Anniversary” Granta
  • “Shelter” Pushcart Prize Anthology
  • “Blue Fly” Tin House
  • “On the Bus” The Iowa Review