Kim Seong-Dong ’s childhood was spent in the turmoil of the Japanese occupation, independence, and the Korean War. He dropped out of school in 1965 to join a Buddhist monastery, but was excommunicated on charges of defaming his order when his short story “Moktakjo” was published in the Jugan Jonggyo weekly in 1975. His writing career took off when he won the Korean Literature New Writer’s Award in 1978 for the novella Mandala . Mandala was adapted into a movie in 1981, and has since appeared in translation in France, Bulgaria, Germany, and Argentina.
Kim Seung Il
Kim Seung Il ’s poetry first appeared in the journal Lyric Poetry and Poetics in 2007. He published his first poetry collection, Prometheus, in 2016.
Kim Seung-Hee was born in Gwangju in 1952. Her life as a poet began when she won the New Writers' Award of the Gyeonghyang newspaper in 1973; in 1994 she also gained recognition as a novelist, with the short story "On the way to Santa Fe." A volume of English translations of some of her earlier poems, I Want to Hijack an Airplane , was published by Homa & Sekey (New York) in 2004; a selection from her more recent collection, Walking on a Washing Line was published by EAS Cornell University in 2011.
Born in Osaka, Japan in 1941 and raised in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province, Korea, Kim Seungok graduated from the Department of French Language and Literature at Seoul National University. He made his literary debut in 1962 when his short story “Practice for Life” won the Hankook Ilbo New Writer’s Award. In the same year, he founded The Age of Prose , a small literary magazine, along with his friends, such as Kim Hyeon and Choi Ha-rim. Kim launched into a literary career by publishing the short stories “Geon” and “Fantasy Notebook” in the magazine. Throughout the 1960s, he continually published...
Kim So Yeon
Kim So Yeon has published four poetry collections, two essay collections, one children’s book, and one picture book. She has received the Nojak Literary Award and the Hyundae Literary Award for poetry. Her poems have appeared in Mānoa .
Kim Soom has published thirteen novels, most recently When Has a Soldier Wanted to Be an Angel? (2018) and Sublime is Looking Inward (2018), the third and fourth novels in her Comfort Women series, and six short story collections. She has received the Yi Sang Literary Award, Hyundae Literary Award, Daesan Literary Award, Heo Gyun Literary Award, and the Tong-ni Literature Prize. One Left (2016), the first novel in her Comfort Woman series, was translated and published in Japan in 2018. Her story “Divorce” is out from Strangers Press, UK as part of their Yeoyu Korean Literature series (2019)
Kim Su-Young (1921–1968) is one of the most exceptional poets of modern Korea. He mainly wrote participatory poetry that emphasized the criticism of reality and the spirit of resistance. He died from an accident when he was forty-seven, after which the Kim Su-Young Literary Award was instated in his honor. Mischief of Moon Country is his only collection published during his lifetime, although he left behind over 300 poems. Collections of his poems have been translated into French, Spanish, and German.
Kim Takhwan made his literary debut in 1996 with the novel A Love Story of Twelve Whale s. Historical novels are his forte, with several of them being adapted for television and cinema, including How Rueful to Be Forgotten (2002); I, Hwang Jini (2002); Death by Fiction (2003); Hyecho (2008); The Immortal Yi Sun-sin (2004); and Russian Coffee (2009). His most recent novel is The Magician from Joseon (2015).
Kim Tong-ni (1913–1995) was a doyen of Korean literature whose notable works include the short stories “The Shaman Painting” and “Tungsin-bul,” and the novels Ulhwa the Shaman and The Cross of Shaphan . Translations of Ulhwa have been published in the US, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Ulhwa, “Stroller,” and “The Cry of the Magpies” have been adapted into movies. He received the Freedom Literary Prize, National Academy of Arts Award, Samil Prize, Seoul City Cultural Prize, and the Order of Civil Merit - Moran Medal.
Kim Uchang is a literary critic and scholar of English literature. Born in Hampyeong, South Jeolla Province, in 1937, he graduated from the Department of English Language and Literature at Seoul National University. He debuted in 1965 by publishing the critical essay "The Example of T.S. Eliot" in the magazine Cheongmaek . He received his PhD from Harvard University for his dissertation on the history of American civilization. Kim was a professor of English Literature at Seoul National University and Korea University, and the dean of Korea University Graduate School. Currently, he is professor emeritus at Korea University. He is...