Lee O Young
Lee O Young is a literary critic born in 1934, although this title alone is not enough to describe his illustrious career. An essayist who produced many bestselling books, he also writes novels and plays as well as reviews. He also founded the monthly Munhaksasang in 1972 and developed it into a leading magazine of Korean literature. Lee is a professor renowned at home and abroad and a researcher of Korean classical literature. He was the culture planner who organized the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1988 Seoul Olympics. When the Korean government launched the Ministry of Culture, he...
Lee Seung-U, a former student of theology, made his literary debut in 1981 with the novella A Portrait of Erysichthon . Throughout his career, Lee has maintained an interest in theological and metaphysical issues, which is reflected in his writing style that meticulously depicts the inner workings of the human soul. His works deal with questions about morals arising in quotidian life as well as more universal issues concerning God, salvation, and guilt. In particular, Lee’s novels since 2000 have inquired into the meaning of reality and the everyday, thereby bringing together the sacred and the secular, and the mind...
Lee Young Ju
Lee Young Ju has published the poetry collections The 108th Man, Cold Candy, and Sister. Her poetry weaves freely between reality and fantasy, past and present, and the inside and outside.
Lim Solah has published the poetry collection Strange Weather and Good People and the novel The Best Life . She was chosen as the Best Writer for the Arts Council Korea’s Young Art Frontier Program in 2014.
Min Jin Lee
Min Jin Lee is a novelist. Her debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, a Wall Street Journal Juggle Book Club Selection, and a national bestseller. She is a Morning Forum columnist at the Chosun Ilbo . She lives in Tokyo with her husband and son where she is working on her second novel Pachinko .
Moon Chung-hee is a poet and endowed chair professor at Dongguk University. She has received the Sowol Poetry Award, the Chong Chi-Yong Literature Prize, the Mogwol Literature Prize, and Sweden’s Cikada Prize. She participated in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in 1995. Her books in English translation include Windflower , Woman on the Terrace , and I Must Be the Wind .
Moon Taejun is a program director at the Buddhist Broadcasting System. His writings include Crowded Backyard , Naked Foot , Flatfish , The Growth of a Shadow , and A Faraway Place . He is a recipient of the Dongsuh Literary Award, Nojak Literary Prize, Midang Literary Award, and Sowol Poetry Award. His poetry collection The Growth of a Shadow has been published in English and his poems “My Mother’s Prayer Beads” and “A Faraway Place” were published in The Guardian .
Oh Hyun-jong made (b.1973) her literary debut in 1999 when her short story “Addiction” won the New Writer’s Award after appearing in the monthly magazine Literature and Thought . Her major works include the short story collection Seiren , and the novels The Sacred Materialists and Sweet, Cold .
Oh Junghee ’s career as a writer began in 1968 with the publication of the short story “The Toy Store Lady.” In this debut work, a young elementary-school-aged girl feels abandoned by the world, and her aimless wanderings and sense of loss give shape to the story. For a while, images of lost souls such as this recurred in various forms throughout Oh’s work. Oh used the expression “a self-portrait of youthful misery” to describe the fiction from her early period that was published in her first story collection, The River of Fire (1977). The narrative situations show the distinctive...
Paik Gahuim (b. 1974) made his literary debut in 2001 when he won the Seoul Shinmun New Writer’s Award. He is the author of the short story collections, The Cricket Is Crying , Manager Jo’s Trunk , and The Hint is “Brother-in-law,” as well as the novel, Naphthalene .