Irene Yoon is the LARB/USC Publishing Workshop Director and previously served as a Faculty Advisor during the 2018 Workshop. After teaching for a year in Russia on a Fulbright scholarship, she earned her doctorate in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, where she taught courses on contemporary fiction and visual culture, managed Art of Writing, an interdisciplinary writing program, and created teacher-training programming as the English Department’s Assistant Pedagogy Chair. Irene has worked with several authors and editors to prepare books for publication with Columbia, Harvard, and Oxford University Presses. Her own writing has appeared in journals such as Twentieth Century Literature, Transition Magazine, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Assistant Director Sarah LaBrie has helped plan and lead the workshop since its inaugural 2017 run. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU and has taught composition and creative writing at Brown University, USC, NYU and the Florence Nightingale School. Her teaching, writing and editing have been supported by grants from Writers in the Schools, Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program. She previously served as head Residential Advisor for NYU’s undergraduate summer creative writing program in Paris and as a creative writing instructor at UVA’s Young Writers Workshop. Her fiction and criticism have appeared in Guernica, Lucky Peach, the Literary Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, LitHub and elsewhere.