Kim Jinkyung worked as a Korean literature teacher while he was establishing himself as a poet and a novelist. For Cat School, the very first Korean fantasy children’s book series, he was awarded the Le Prix des Incorruptibles, which is a literary award for children and juvenile literature chosen by readers in France. In addition, he is the author of poetry collections Children of Galmunri and The Magic of Sadness , the three-volume series Shadow War and The Wolf , as well as young adult fiction Our Beautiful Country and Goodbye Mr. Hapil , among others.
Kim Joo-young is a novelist who began his career as a writer with the publication of “A Period of Dormancy” in 1971 in the monthly Literature magazine. His published novels are Tradesman , The Sound of Thunder , A Skate Fish and Goodbye, Mother ; his short story collections are Winter Bird and In Search of a Bird . He is the recipient of the Korea Culture and Art Award and Yi Sang Literary Award as well as numerous other literary prizes. In 2007, he received the Eungwan Cultural medal.
Kim Junghyuk is a writer, film critic, music columnist, and cartoonist. He has received the Dongin Literary Award and Lee Hyo-seok Literary Award. French editions of his books include Your Shadow Is a Monday (Les ombres du lundi), Zombies (Zombies, la descente aux enfers), Wandering Bus (Bus errant), and The Library of Musical Instruments (La bibliothèque des instruments de musique) published by Decrescenzo éditeurs. English editions of his books include The Library of Musical Instruments published by Dalkey Archive Press.
Kim Keum Hee
Kim Keum Hee debuted in 2009 with the short story “Your Document,” which won the Hankook Ilbo Literary Award. She has published one novel, Kyung-ae’s Heart , and two short story collections, Sentimentality Only Lasts So Long and Too Bright Outside for Love . She has won the Sin Dong-yup Prize for Literature, the Munhakdongne Young Writers’ Award, and the Hyundae Literary Award. The Japanese translation of Too Bright Outside for Love was published by Shobunsha in 2018.
Kim Ki-taek is a poet, translator, and professor. He has published six poetry collections, one essay collection, and numerous children’s books; he has also translated many children’s books, including Hans in Luck . He has won the Kim Su-Young Literary Award, Hyundae Literary Award, Isu Literary Award, and Midang Literary Award. His books Storm in the Needle Hole and Gum have been published in Japan and Mexico, respectively.
Kim Kwang-Kyu grew up amidst the turmoil of the Korean War and its aftermath. He was born in 1941 in Seoul, and was a student at the time of the 4.19 Revolution in 1960. Kim studied German at Seoul National University as well as in Germany. He first developed his poetic voice by translating German poetry into Korean, including satirical works by Heinrich Heine, Bertolt Brecht, and Günter Eich, before ever beginning to write his own poems. He only began to publish poetry in 1975, when he was already in his mid-30s. Owing nothing to standard Korean poetic models, his...
Kim Kyung Hyun
Kim Kyung Hyun is a novelist, scholar, and film producer. He studied at Oberlin College and earned his doctorate from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He serves as a professor in the Department of East Asian Languages & Literature at UC Irvine. His publications include Virtual Hallyu and Korean Popular Culture Reader . He has also coproduced feature films Never Forever and The Housemaid .
Kim Kyung-uk debuted in 1993 with the novella Outsider published in the quarterly review Writer’s World . His short story collections are Is Leslie Cheung Really Dead? (2005), Risky Reading (2008), God Has No Grandchildren (2011), and Young Hearts Never Grow (2014). His novels are Like a Fairytale (2010) and What Is Baseball? (2013). He won both the Hyundae Literary Award and the Dong-in Literary Award.
Kim Min Jeong
Kim Min Jeong entered the South Korean literary scene in 1999 when she won the Munye Joongang Literary Award for Best First Poem. Her poetry collections include Flying Porcupine Maiden , She Began to Feel - for the First Time , and Let It Be Beautiful and Useless . She has received the Pak In-hwan Literary Award, the Contemporary Poetry Prize, and, more recently in 2018, the Yi Sang-hwa Poetry Award. Her poetry has appeared in English in Poems of Kim Yideum, Kim Haengsook & Kim Min Jeong (2017).
Kim Nam Jo
Kim Nam Jo was born in Daegu in 1927 and attended a girls’ school in Kyushu, Japan. She graduated from the College of Education at Seoul National University with a B.A. in Korean education. Kim made her literary debut with the publication of her poem, “Lingering Image,” in Yonhap News in 1950 and launched her career as a poet with her first collection of poems, Life in 1953. Kim’s poems express a subtle and feminine sensibility that carries on a lineage of female poets such as Moh Youn Sook and Noh Cheonmyeong from before Korean liberation from Japan. She is...