Jung Young Su
Jung Young Su obtained an MFA in playwriting at the Korea National University of Arts School of Drama. In 2014, his short story “Nights in Lebanon” won him the Changbi Prize for New Figures in Literature. Another story, “Aficionados,” was nominated for the Moonji Literary Award in 2015. He won the Munhakdongne Young Writers Award in 2018 for the story “More Humane Words.” He published his first collection of short stories, Aficionados , in 2017.
Kang Gye-Sook is a literary critic and professor of Korean literature at Myongji University. She received the Changbi New Critic’s Award in 2002. Her publications include the critical essay collections Mi-eon and The Light of Depression .
Kang Hwa Gil
Kang Hwa Gil has authored the short story collection An Okay Person and the novel Other People . She has received the Hankyoreh Literary Award, Ku Sang Young Writers’ Award, and Munhakdongne Young Writers’ Award. Her works in translation include Demons (Strangers Press, 2019). The story excerpted here, “Room,” is her debut work for which she received the 2012 Kyunghyang Daily New Writer’s Award.
Kang Young-sook (b.1967) debuted in 1998 when she won the Seoul Shinmun New Writer’s Contest with the short story “Dinner in August.” Her published works include the short story collection A Night of Dumbbell Exercises ; and the novels Rina , Writing Club , and Tragicomic Miss Teletubby . She received the Hankook Ilbo Literary Award.
Keum Suk Gendry-Kim
Keum Suk Gendry-Kim (b. 1971) was born in Goheung in Jeolla Province, a county famous for its beautiful mountains and shores. She has written and illustrated the graphic novels Grass , The Waiting , Jiseul , Jun , The Naked Tree , and Alexandra Kim, a Woman of Siberia ; the autobiographical comic The Song of My Father ; the three-volume children’s comic Kkokkaengi ; the picture books The Baby Hanyeo Okrang Goes to Dokdo and A Day with My Grandpa ; and the children’s book My Mother Kang Geumsun . Grass (Drawn & Quarterly, 2019) appeared on Best of...
Kim Ae-ran has authored four short story collections, most recently Summer Outside (2017), and one essay collection, A Good Name to Forget (2019). Her first novel, My Palpitating Life (2011), was adapted into the movie My Brilliant Life (2014). Kim received the 2014 Prix de Linapercu award for the story “I Go to the Convenience Store.” Her debut work “No Knocking in This House,” excerpted here, won the 2003 Daesan Literary Award.
Kim Bong-gon has authored the short story collection, Summer, Speed . He attended the Korea National University of Arts, graduating from the film academy and then the graduate program in creative writing. His career began in 2016 after he won the Dong-A Ilbo New Writer’s Contest for “Auto.” He was a finalist for the Lee Hyo-seok Literary Award and Munhakdongne Young Writer' s Award
Kim Chunsu was born in 1922 in Tongyeong. He studied at the Art Department of Nihon University in Japan. He has been a professor at Masan University and Kyungpook National University. He received the Asia Freedom Literature Prize and Korea Literary Prize, among others. His poetry collections include Clouds and Roses , The Swamp , Flag , Death of a Boy in Budapest , Possessed by Dostoyevsky , and the collections of selected poems The Snow Falling on Chagall’s Village and The Selected Poems of Kim Chun-so o. His most noted works are “The Flower,” “An Introductory Poem for a Flower,” and others.
Kim Haengsook made her debut as a poet in 1999. She has authored the poetry collections Adolescence , The Goodbye Ability , The Meaning of Others , and A Portrait of an Echo . She has received the Nojak Literary Prize, Jeon Bonggeon Literary Award, and Midang Literary Award. She is a professor of Korean literature at Kangnam University and has served as a contributing editor for the journal, World Literature. Her poetry has appeared in English in Poems of Kim Yideum, Kim Haengsook & Kim Min Jeong (Vagabond Press, 2017).
Kim Hoon was born in 1948. His extensive journalism career started in 1973 at The Hankook Ilbo and stretched through the years at The Sisa Press, The Kookmin Ilbo, and The Hankyoreh. He made his literary debut well past the age of 40, but has received numerous awards since: the Dongin Literary Award in 2001 for his novel Song of the Sword ; the Yi Sang Literary Award in 2004 for his short story “Cremation”; the Hwang Sun-won Literary Award in 2005 for his short story “My Sister’s Menopause”; and the Daesan Literary Award in 2007 for his novel Fortress on Mt. Namhan .