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...
Kim San debuted in 2007 by winning the New Poet Prize awarded by the literary journal The Poet’s World . His first poetry collection, KiKi , was published in 2011. He received a writing grant from the Daesan Foundation in 2013, and the Jeju 4·3 Peace Prize in 2016 for Rope .
Kim Sehee is the author of the novel Love at the Harbor and the short story collection Unremarkable Days . She debuted in 2015 when her story “Shallow Sleep” won World Literature ’s New Writer’s Award. She received the Munhakdonge Young Writer’s Award in 2018 and the Shin Dong-yup Prize for Literature in 2019.
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.