Son Bo Mi
Son Bo Mi debuted in 2009 when she received the Twenty-First Century journal’s New Writer’s Award but launched a full-fledged literary career only in 2011 when she won the Dong-a Ilbo’s New Writer’s Contest. She has authored the novels Dear Ralph Lauren and Little Village , the novella The God of Coincidence , and the short story collections Bringing Them the Lindy Hop , Elegant Nights and Cats , and Manhattan Fireflies . Her works in English include The Hot Air Balloon (Asia Publishers, 2014).
Song Chanho has authored the poetry collections The Soil Has a Quadrilateral Memory , A Chair Empty for Ten Years , Red Eye Camellia , The Night of the Cat’s Return , Pink Wooden Clogs , and Like the Goose Going Out to Play in a Field of Kalimeris Asters . The Night of the Cat’s Return was published in English in 2015. He has received the Kim Su-Young Literary Award, the Daesan Literary Award, and the Yi Sang Literary Award.
Song Ha-choon is a writer. He made his literary debut with a short story that won the Chosun Ilbo New Writer’s Contest in 1972. He is the author of the short story collections The Fall That Just Passed By , The Daughters of Habaek , and The Sphinx Does Not Know Either , and the novels Against the Wind and Climbing the Pacific .
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 Seungeon studied creative writing at Chung-Ang University. He debuted in 2011 when Hyundae Munhak journal selected his poems for its Newcomer Recommendations. He has authored the poetry collections Iron and Oak and Love and Education . His poetry has also appeared in multi-poet anthologies such as Grateful to Have a Dog and Your Poetry, My Book. He is a member of the poetry collective Jangnan (作亂).
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...