In their soaring and urgent debut memoir, Sung Yim captures a sleepy, sad slice of Americana recognizable to anyone who’s driven past a strip mall at midnight. Equal parts grim and buoyant, here is an intimate portrait of trauma, family, addiction, and body. What About the Rest of Your Life exposes the harrowing terrain where there is no boundary between love and abuse. Unapologetically raw, Yim reinvents the recovery narrative through an immigrant's lens.
Yim will be joined at the event by JM Miller, author of the poetry collection Wilderness Lessons and a faculty member at UW Tacoma.
Sung Yim is a bilingual South Korean immigrant living in Chicago. Their essays and poems have appeared in The James Franco Review, Contrary, Kweli, Crab Fat Magazine, and in a chapbook from Ghost City Press. A 2017 graduate of Columbia College, Yim moved to the United States when they were seven years old. After dropping out of high school and earning their GED, they began writing at community college.
JM Miller is a healer, poet, essayist, instructor, and trans-identified person who lives on a small organic farm on Vashon Island, WA. They won the Grand Prize for the Eco Arts Awards in 2014 and was a finalist for terrain.org’s 2013 poetry contest. They have one chapbook, Primitive Elegy and a collection, Wilderness Lessons. JM directs poetry studies at the University of Washington in Tacoma and teaches at Richard Hugo House.