Ha Seong-nan has published five short story collections, four novels, and two essay collections. Her short story collection The Woman Next Door is forthcoming from Open Letter Books. She has won the Dongin Literary Award, the Hankook Ilbo Literary Award, the Isu Literary Award, the Hyundae Literary Award, and the Hwang Sun-won Literary Award.
Han Kang has received the Man Booker International Prize 2016, the Yi Sang Literary Award, Today’s Young Artist Award, and the Manhae Literature Prize. English translations of her books include The Vegetarian (Portobello, 2015), Human Acts (Portobello, 2016), and The White Book (Portobello, 2018).
Han Yujoo debuted in 2003 by winning the Literature and Society ’s New Writers Award for the short story “To the Moon.” She won the Hankook Ilbo Literary Award in 2009. She has authored the short story collections To the Moon , Book of Ice , and My Left Hand the King and My Right Hand the King’s Scribe , and the novel The Impossible Fairy Tale , which has been translated into English and French. She is also a noted translator, whose works include translations of Michael Ondaatje’s The Cat’s Table , and Geoff Dyer’s But Beautiful and The...
Hwang Ji-woo has published several poetry collections, including Even Birds Leave the World , I am You , A Lotus in the Crab’s Eye , and One Day I’ll be Sitting in a Dingy Bar . He has received numerous awards, including the Kim Su-Young Literary Award, Hyundae Literary Award, Daesan Literary Award, and the Republic of Korea’s Okgwan Order of Cultural Merit. His books have been translated into English, German, French, Spanish, and Mongolian.
Hwang Jung-A is a literary critic, professor at Hallym Academy of Sciences, and editorial board member of Creation & Criticism journal. She received her PhD on the works of D.H. Lawrence from Seoul National University in 2003. Her publications include Humanities of Concept Criticism , Reconsidering Theories of Novel (co-authored), and translations into Korean of Why Marx was Right? by Terry Eagleton and Enduring Love by Ian McEwan.
Hwang Jungeun debuted in 2005 with “Mother,” which won the Kyunghyang Shinmun New Writer’s Award. She has authored the novels One Hundred Shadows , Savage Alice , and I’ll Go On , the short story collections Into the World of Passi , The Seven Thirty- Two Elephant Train , and Being Nobody . This year, she published the serial novel Didi’s Umbrella . Her books in translation include One Hundred Shadows (Tilted Axis, 2016), I’ll Go On (Tilted Axis, 2018), and “Kong’s Garden” (Strangers Press, 2019).
Hwang Sok-yong was born in Changchun, Manchuria in 1943. After the liberation from Japanese occupation, he moved to his mother’s hometown Pyongyang, where he lived with his mother’s side of the family. In 1947, his family moved to the South and he grew up in Yeongdeungpo. Hwang left Kyungbok High School in 1962 and left home to wander the southern provinces. He returned home in October, and in November of that year he won the New Author Literary Prize from the magazine Sasanggye for his short story, “Near the Marking Stone.” Hwang lived life as a drifter, taking up manual...
Hwang Tong-gyu is a professor emeritus at Seoul National University and chairperson of the literature department at the National Academy of Arts. He was a visiting professor at UC Berkeley and NYU, and participated in the University of Iowa's International Writing Program. He has received the Lee San Literature Prize, Daesan Literary Award, Midang Literary Award, and Eungwan Order of Cultural Merit. His books of poems have been translated into English, German, French, and Spanish.
Jane Jeong Trenka
Jane Jeong Trenka is an internationally adopted Korean and the author of two memoirs, The Language of Blood: A Memoir (2003) and Fugitive Visions: An Adoptee’s Return to Korea (2009). Together with Sun Yung Shin and Julia Chinyere Oparah, she co-edited the anthology Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption (2006). Trenka’s work on overseas adoption been cited for several prizes, most recently an Amnesty International Media Award in 2017 for the series “65 Years of Overseas Adoption,” published in the online newspaper Pressian together with Jeon Hong Kihye and Dr. Lee Kyung Eun. She and her work have also been...
Jang Ryujin studied sociology at Yonsei University and Korean literature at Dongguk University. She debuted in 2018 with the story “The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work,” which won the Changbi Prize for New Figures in Literature. Based on her experience of working in the IT sector, the story was widely read and shared on social media by office workers.