New Yorker Magazine Praises PSU Professor’s Novel

October 26th, 2006 by Adam

The debut novel of PSU adjunct English professor Katherine Min is making its mark in literary circles. The Oct. 23 issue of New Yorker magazine reviews Min’s novel Secondhand World, which details the life of a Korean immigrant girl.

“The writing is exquisite, and exacting,” according to the New Yorker review.

Katherine Min was awarded New Hampshire Arts Council fellowships in 2004 and 1995, and in 1992 received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has been six times a fellow at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H.; a resident of Ledig House, in Ghent, N.Y.; a Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fellow at the Millay Colony, in Austerlitz, N.Y., and a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee, Tenn. Writers Conference.

Min’s short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review and Prairie Schooner, and have been widely anthologized, most recently in The Pushcart Book of Stories: The Best Short Stories from a Quarter-Century of The Pushcart Prize.

Min was born in Champaign-Urbana, Ill., and graduated from Amherst College and the Columbia School of Journalism. She currently teaches at Plymouth State University and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.