Lee Mun Ku
Lee Mun Ku (1941–2003) was born in Boryeong, South Chungcheong Province. Lee lost his father and brothers in the Korean War. Based on his own experiences with farmers and their villages, he turned their issues into literary works, thereby pioneering a new chapter for the agrarian novel. His many works include Gwangchon Essays , Our Town , and I Have Stood or Worked for Too Long .
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 Chulwoo (b. 1954) debuted in 1981 when he won the Seoul Shinmun New Writer’s Contest for “The Dog Thief.” He has authored numerous books, including the novels I Want to Go to That Island , Spring Day Vols. 1–5, The Lighthouse , Parting Valley , and the short story collections Father’s Land and Longing for the South among others. He has received several awards, including the Hankook Ilbo Literary Award, Yi Sang Literary Award, Danjae Literature Prize, Yosan Literary Award, and Daesan Literary Award. I Want to Go to That Island was published as The Island (Stallion Press, 2011)...
Lim Solah is a poet- cum -novelist. She has published the poetry collection Strange Weather and Good People , the short story collection Snow, Person, and Snowperson , and the novel The Best Life . She has received the JoongAng New Writer’s Award for Poetry, Munhakdongne College Fiction Prize, and Sin Dong-yup Prize for Literature. She received the Arts Council Korea’s Young Art Frontier Grant 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 .