Prabda Yoon was born in 1973 in Bangkok. He left Thailand to study in the United States at the age of fifteen. In 1997, he graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts from the Cooper Union in New York City. Prabda returned to Thailand for military service in 1998, and immediately started to write after completing his duty. His first published book, in 2000, was the story collection Muang Moon Chak (City of Right Angles); in the same year another story collection, Kwam Na Ja Pen (“Probability” in Thai), was published. The latter went on to win the prestigious S.E.A Write Award. Prabda has been widely credited as the popularizer of “Postmodern” writing in Thailand. Since his debut collection, Prabda has been prolific, written and published numerous story collections, novels, essays, translations, and screenplays. His writings have been translated to several languages.
In early 2017, an independent press in the UK called Tilted Axis published Prabda’s first book in English, entitled The Sad Part Was. It is the first translation of Thai fiction to be published in the UK. Prabda also runs a small publishing house called Typhoon Studio and makes films.