Song Kyung-dong has authored the poetry collections Sound Sleep , Answering Trivial Questions , and I’m Not a Korean . He has received the Shin Dong-yup Prize for Literature and the Cheon Sang-byeong Literary Award. In 2014, he was sentenced to prison for mobilizing what he called the “Hope Bus” movement in which some 200 buses swarmed the site of an industrial protest in a show of solidarity. He is part of the investigative committee examining the blacklisting of artists during the past two administrations in South Korea.
Song Sokze is a novelist whose writing career took off with the publication of “A Man Wiping the Window” in Literature and Thought in 1986 and the short story “The Last 4.5 Seconds of My Life” in Munhakdongne in 1995. His published works include the short story collections The Last 4.5 Seconds of My Life , Possessed , Thus Spoke Hwang Man-geun ; and his novels are Power of Man and Commanding . He is the recipient of the Korea Times and Dongin Literary Awards.
Yi Chong-Jun (1939–2008) produced seventeen novels, 155 short stories, and one play over the course of his career. His notable works include Your Paradise , Seopyeonje , and “The Wounded.” Nine of his works were cinematized, including Secret Sunshine , which was based on his story “The Abject.” He received the Dongin Literary Award, Yi Sang Literary Award, Lee San Literature Prize, and the Daesan Literary Award. He was also posthumously awarded the Geumgwan Order of Cultural Merit. His works have been translated into English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese.
Yi Kyoung-Ja (b.1948) made her literary debut in 1973 when she won the Seoul Shinmun New Writer’s Contest with the short story “Confirmation.” Lee sensationalized contemporary society by addressing women’s issues in her short story collection Failure of the Half . Her writings contemplate woman as independent individuals. Her preeminent works are the short story collections Failure of the Half and Hunchback’s Love , along with the novels Suni and The Third House . She is a Han Moo-sook Literary Award recipient.
Yi Mun-yol was born in 1948. He made his debut as a writer in 1977. Yi’s works were enriched by the classics of East Asia that he had naturally become familiar with during his childhood and the Western literature that he had voraciously devoured in his young adulthood. In The Son of Man , Yi questioned the relationship between man and god; in A Portrait of Youthful Days , he portrayed the struggle and anguish of his youth. The Golden Phoenix was an exploration of the ontological meaning of art using calligraphy, a traditional art form in Korea. Yi also...
Yi Sang (1910-1937) is a well-known author of the Japanese occupation period. He was active in every genre, writing poetry, fiction, and essays. His poems and stories, in particular, exhibit the characteristics of modernism in the 1930s. In his poems, he showed us the desolate landscape of the modern human mind, and with the use of anti-realist techniques in works such as “Crow’s Eye View, Poem No.I,” he gave us a stark view of his subject matter: pure anxiety and horror. In his stories, as well, he deconstructed the formal conventions of fiction and laid bare the modern condition. For...
Yi Won teaches creative writing and poetry at the Seoul Institute of the Arts and the Moonji Cultural Institute Saii. She has published four poetry collections and one essay collection. She has received the 2002 Poetry Award from the quarterly Contemporary Poetry , the 2005 Contemporary Poetry Prize, and the Opening the World with Poetry Award.
Yoo Jaehyun is a novelist and journalist. Deeply interested in Asian history and culture, he has published several books on the topic. Yoo has also published seven titles as part of the reportage series On the Road based on his experiences in Asia, Eastern Europe, USA, Israel, Palestine, and Cuba.
Yoon Sung-hee has authored the novels Spectators and First Sentence and the short story collections A House Made of LEGOs , Over There Is It You? , Cold , While They Laughed , and Resting on a Pillow . She has received the Hankook Ilbo Literary Award, Today’s Young Artists Award, Lee Hyo-seok Literary Award, and Hwang Sun-Won Literary Award. Spectators was published in Spanish as Espectadores (2017).
Youn Dae-Nyeong was born in 1962 in Yesan, South Chungcheong Province. He made his debut in 1990 by winning the New Writer Award sponsored by the monthly Munhak Sasang ( Literary Thought ). The recipient of Today’s Young Artist Award (1994), Yi Sang Literary Award (1996), Modern Literature Prize (1998), and Yi Hyo-seok Literary Award (2003), he has written the short story collections Sweetfish Fishing Reports , Behold the Southern Stairs , Many Stars Drifted to One Place , and There Walks Someone ; essay collections Things I Want to Tell Her and Mother’s Spoon and Chopsticks ; and novels...