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 Eunjin started her literary career in 2002 when she won Jeonnam Ilbo’s New Writer’s Contest. She has also received Munhakdongne's 2009 Writer's Award. She is the author of four novels, No One Writes Back, Alice’s Lifestyle, Where is Her Home? , and No Date , and three short story collections, including Kitchen Laboratory and Knocking at an Empty House . Her works in translation include No One Writes Back (Dalkey Archive, 2013) in English. “A Remote Place,” the story presented here, won the 2019 Lee Hyo-seok Literary Award and is included in her latest collection, Your Remote Place (2020).
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. She published The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work and Other Stories in 2019.
Jeong Chan is a novelist. Jung debuted with the publication of a novella in the magazine World of Language , in 1983. His story collections include The River of Memory , The Road of Comfort , and Die in Venice . His novels include Evening of the World , Golden Ladder , Under the Broom Tree , Wilderness , and A Wanderer . He has won many literary awards, including the Dongin Literary Award.
Since 1987, Jeong Do-sang ’s (b. 1960) works have relentlessly explored the organizational violence and social mechanisms that suppress free will and the conditions of life. He won the Yosan Literary Award and the Beautiful Writer Award in 2008 for his serial novel Brier Rose.
Jeong Ji A
Jeong Ji A is a writer. Born in Gurye, South Jeolla Province in 1965, she began her literary career in 1990 when she published her novel The Daughter of a North Korean Partisan (in three volumes) based on the life of her parents. Her short story “Lotus-Persimmon Tree” won the Chosun Ilbo New Writer’s Contest in 1996. She is the author of the short story collections Happiness , Spring Scenery , and Dialogue of the Forest .
Jeong Yi Hyun
Jeong Yi Hyun has authored four novels, four short story collections, and three essay collections. Her first novel, Sweet City of Mine (2006), excerpted here, was adapted into the TV series My Sweet Seoul . Her novel Foundation of Love: A Couple’s Story (2013) was part of a two-volume series exploring issues of love, marriage, and family, with Alain de Botton writing the second part. She has received the Lee Hyo-seok Literary Award and Hyundae Literary Award. Her books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Thai.
Jeong You-jeong has authored the novels Shoot Me in the Heart , Seven Years of Darkness , and 28 . Most recently, The Origin of Species was published in English in 2018 as The Good Son by Little, Brown in the UK and Penguin Random House in the US and was shortlisted for The Tonight Show’s Summer Reads . The thriller has been turned into a webtoon and is also being adapted into a movie.
Jo Jung-Rae (b.1948) made his literary debut in 1970 with the short story “False Charge,” which appeared in the monthly magazine Hyundae Munhak . His childhood experiences of the Korean War and Yeosu-Suncheon Rebellion inspired numerous literary works like Taebaek Mountain Range (10 vols.) and Arirang (12 vols.). The Great Jungle (3 vols.) is Jo’s most recent publication. His works have been translated into English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, and Swedish, and adapted into movies, manhwa, TV dramas, and musicals. He received the Hyundae Literary Award and Korea Literary Award.
Jo Kyung Ran
Jo Kyung Ran made her literary debut in 1996 when her short story “The French Optical” won the Dong-a Ilbo New Writer’s Contest. She is the author of the short story collections Looking for the Elephant (2002) and The Story of a Ladle (2004), I Bought a Balloon (2008), Philosophy of Sunday (2013), and the novels Time for Baking Bread (2001), Tongue (2007), and Blowfish (2010). She is also the recipient of the Hyundae Munhak Award and the Dongin Prize, among others.