Ko Jung-hee (1948–1991) authored ten poetry collections in her lifetime, including Memorial Day (1983) for which she received the Republic of Korea Literature Award. All Things that Disappear Leave a Space Behind was published posthumously in 1992. She was known for her resistance poetry, based particularly upon the Gwangju Uprising, as well as for her lyric poems.
For his keen sensitivity, outstanding powers of intuition, breadth and depth of imagination, and skillful use of language—as well as the maturity of his understanding of life—Ko Un is widely acknowledged to be Korea’s most prolific and revered poet. His is an immense literary achievement of 155 books, out of which almost 70 are poetry collections. He recently published Untitled Poems, a collection of 607 poems covering 1,013 pages. Ko Un was born in 1933 in Gunsan, Jeollabuk-do Province, South Korea. He made his official debut as a poet in 1958 when he was living as a Buddhist monk. In...
Ku Hyoseo has written nine short story collections, in addition to several novels and essay collections. His best known works include Rhapsody in Berlin, A House with a Beautiful Sunset View, and Nagasaki Papa. He has won the Hankook Ilbo Literary Award, Lee Hyo-seok Literary Award, Hwang Sun-won Literary Award, HMS (Hahn Moo-Sook) Literary Prize, and Daesan Literary Award. His works have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and German.
Kwon Yeo-sun has published five short story collections and three novels. She has received the Oh Yeongsu Literature Award, the Yi Sang Literary Prize, the Hankook Ilbo Literary Award, and the Tong-ni Literature Prize. English editions of her books include “Spring Night.”
Lee Dong-ha made his literary debut in 1966 when his short story “The War and the Squirrel” won the Seoul Shinmun New Writer’s Contest. He is the author of short-story collections including The Valley after Nightfall ; A Study on Violence ; Samhakdo ; Before the Door ; Does the Lady Snail Know? ; Stinging Snowflake , and novels including Urban Swamp ; Hard Tongue ; and Toy City . He is also the recipient of Korea Creative Literature Award and Hyundae Munhak Award.
Lee Eung Jun
Lee Eung Jun (b.1970) is a poet and novelist. He first published a poem in the quarterly journal Literature & Criticism in 1990, and debuted as a novelist in 1994 when his short story appeared in the quarterly magazine Imagination. His published works include the poetry collection The Trees Rejected the Forest ; a short story collection titled My Girlfriend’s Funeral ; the novels Private Life of the Nation and All About My Romance ; and the serialized novel Night Cello . Lemon Tree is a 40-minute long film written and directed by Lee that screened at the New York...
Lee HyunSu made her literary debut in 1991 as the winner of the Chungcheong Ilbo New Writer’s Award. She is the author of the short story collection The Rosewood China Cabinet and the novels New Tales of Gisaeng and Four Days .
Lee Jae Ryang
Lee Jae Ryang debuted with the short story “Carol” in Literature Today magazine in 2014. She published her first novel, Yellow Submarine , in 2017.
Lee Jaechan (b.1974) made his literary debut with Punch, which won him the Thirty-seventh Today’s Writer Award in 2013. He is the author of the novel Angela Syndrome .
Lee Jangwook (b.1968) made his literary debut with the publication of his poems in Contemporary Literature in 1994. He has authored two poetry collections, A Sand Mountain In My Dream (2002), and Hopeful Song at Noon (2006); essay collections on poetry, My Gloomy Modern Boy (2005) and Revolution and Modernism: Russian Poets and Thinkers (2005); a novel, Joyful Devils of Callot (2005); and a collection of short stories, The King of Confession (2010).