Ko Un was conferred with the Fondazione Roma’s annual award during the Ritratti di Poesia festival on February 3, making him the first Asian to win this award. Previous laureates include Adam Zagajewski, Jacobo Cortines, and Carol Ann Duffy. Ko Un’s poetry collections have been translated into twenty-seven languages, east and west. English editions of his books include Ten Thousand Lives; Maninbo: Peace & War; First Person Sorrowful; Himalaya Poems; and What?: 108 Zen Poems. He has received several prestigious awards, such as the Golden Wreath Award at the 53rd Struga Poetry Evenings in Macedonia, the America Award, Griffin Poetry Prize Lifetime Recognition Award, Bjørnson Order for Literature, and the Republic of Korea’s Eungwan Order of Cultural Merit. His interview, essay, and poetry were published in Volume 25 of this magazine.