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Korea, Republic Of (South)

Jeon Sungtae

Jeon Sungtae was born in 1969 in South Korea. He studied creative writing at Chung-Ang University and started his career in 1994 by winning the Silcheonmunhak New Writer’s Award. His...

Kim Han-min

Han-min Kim is the author of several graphic novels, including Dear Euripides, Comet Study, Fairy of Places, Kafe Limbo, and The Book Island. He has also written and...

Koo Byung-Mo

Born in 1976 in Seoul, Koo Byung-Mo studied Korean literature (BA) at Kyung Hee University and worked as an editor. Currently a full-time writer, she was awarded the second Changbi Prize for Young...

Susan Hwang

Susan Hwang is a doctoral student studying modern Korean literature at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She received an MA at Columbia University and is presently writing her dissertation...

Janet Hong

Janet Hong is a writer and translator living in Vancouver, Canada. She received the grand prize in fiction in the thirty-second Korea Times Modern Literature Translation Contest. Her fiction and...

Kim Soo-Bok

Kim Soo-Bok was born in Hamyang, South Gyeongsang Province, Korea, in 1953. He graduated from the Korean Language and Literature Department of Dankook University, Seoul, and continued his studies...

Jeong Ho-Seung

Jeong Ho-Seung (born 1950) is probably Korea's most popular poet. His poetry collections are Seulpeumi gippeumege (Sorrow to Joy, 1979), Seoului yesu (Seoul's Jesus, 1982), Saebyeok...

Shim Bo-Seon

Shim Bo-Seon was born in Seoul in 1970, studied sociology at Seoul National University, and received his PhD from Columbia University. He made his debut in the Chosun Ilbo Annual Spring Literary...

Kim Sa-in

Kim Sa-in was born in Boeun, North Chungcheon Province, in 1955. He has published two collections of poetry, Night Letters (bame sseuneun pyeonji, 1987) and Liking in Silence (gamanhi joahaneun,...

Ae-ran Kim

Ae-ran Kim was born in Incheon in 1980 and graduated from the playwriting department of the Korean National University of Arts Theater School. Kim debuted in 2002 with the receipt of the first...

Han Yujoo

Han Yujoo was born in Seoul in 1982. She studied German literature at Hongik University, obtained a Master’s degree in aesthetics from Seoul National University, and is currently working...

Han Kang

Han Kang  was born in Gwangju, South Korea, and moved to Seoul at the age of ten. She studied Korean literature at Yonsei University. Her writing has won the Yi Sang...

Kyung-sook Shin

Kyung-sook Shin, the author of seventeen works of fiction, is one of South Korea’s most widely read and acclaimed novelists. Her best seller Please Look After Mom has been translated into...

Yi Mun-yol

Yi Mun-yol was born in Cheongun-dong in Seoul and attended prestigious Seoul National University, studying Korean Literature. He dropped out in 1970. From 1994 to 1997, he...

Kun-woong Park

Born in 1972 in Seoul, Kun-woong Park graduated from the University of Fine Art. His book Flower was published in 2002 and has been published in French by Casterman. He has created many stories...

Jamie Chang

Jamie Chang is a translator. Her works have been published in Azalea, ASIA, and The American Reader. She lives in Denmark.

Amber Hyun Jung Kim

Amber Hyun Jung Kim is a freelance translator and conference interpreter. Based in Seoul, she teaches at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and is a Literature Translation Institute of Korea...

Park Min-gyu

Born in South Korea in 1968, Park Min-gyu debuted in 2003. As his writing style was so new, it sent shockwaves through the Korean literary world. Unusual metaphors and descriptions, sentences...

Yun Ko-eun

Yun Ko-eun was born in Seoul in 1980. In 2004, the year she graduated from university, her short story “Piercing” won the Daesan Literary Award for College Students. In 2008 she...

Sim Sangdae

Sim Sangdae was born in Gangneung of Gangwon-do Province, Korea, on January 25, 1960. He made his literary debut in 1990 through the journal Literature of the World. With an aesthetic style rare...

Eunjung Kwon-Lee

Eunjung Kwon-Lee is a freelance translator living in Seoul, South Korea. She currently translates the online newspaper Across the Border, by Rainbow Doe, and works for ILDA, Korean Feminist...

Kim Bi

Kim Bi was born in 1971 in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. From a young age, she questioned her gender identity, and in 2000, she was reborn as a woman through sex reassignment surgery. That same...

Jo Kyung Ran

Jo Kyung-Ran was born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1969. She earned a degree in creative writing from the Seoul Institute of the Arts and has participated in the University of Iowa's renowned...

Hye-Young Pyun

Pyun Hye-young was born in 1972 in Seoul, South Korea. She began publishing in 2000 and published three collections of stories, Aoi Garden, To the Kennels, and Evening Courtship, and the novel...

Ynhui Park

Born in Korea in 1930, Ynhui Park (Pak In-Hŭi) spent many years studying and teaching abroad. After receiving a doctorate in French literature from the Sorbonne, in Paris, in 1964, he went...

Yoo Hui-Sok

Yoo Hui-Sok is professor of English Education at Chonnam University, South Korea. Aside from Korean literature, his major field of research is nineteenth-century American and English literature....

Lee Si-Young

Born in Kurye, South Jeolla Province, in 1949, Lee Si-Young (Yi Si-Yeong) began publishing poetry in 1969, beginning with his first volume Manweol (Full moon) in 1976. Ten years passed before a...

Jungbin Yoon

Jungbin Yoon is currently attending Oakwood Friends School in the Hudson Valley. She regularly translates a bilingual comic strip, Space Bunny, for the Korean Quarterly. She has an interest in...

Won-Chung Kim

Won-Chung Kim is a professor of English literature at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea, where he teaches contemporary American poetry, ecological literature, and translation. He earned his...

Heinz Insu Fenkl

Heinz Insu Fenkl is an author, editor, translator, folklorist, and professor of creative writing at the State University of New York, New Paltz. His fiction includes Memories of My Ghost...

Ra Heeduk

Ra Heeduk is a poet and professor from South Korea. She received her PhD in Korean Language and Literature from Yonsei University in 2006. She has authored five books of poetry, most recently...

Lee Gi-ho

Lee Gi-ho was born in 1972 in Wonju, Gangwon Province. "Earnie" (1999) was his first published story, later included in his collection of stories, The Tale of Choe Sun-deok and Her...

Kim Hye-soon

Kim Hye-sun is one of South Korea's leading poets who made her literary debut in 1979. She is the recipient of the Kim Sooyoung Literary Award, the Hyundae Literary Award and the Sowol...

Hwang Ji-woo

Hwang Ji-woo was born in 1952, during the Korean War, in the southern port town Haenam, and studied aesthetics and philosophy at college in the early 1970s, during which he was arrested and...

Oh Jung-hee

Oh Jung-hee has been publishing short stories for four decades and is widely recognized as a master of the form in Korea. She is the recipient of the Dongin Literature Award and the Yi Sang...

Kim Hoon

Kim Hoon began writing fiction in his fifties after a long career in journalism. His first novel, Song of the Sword, was published in 2001 and went on to become a great commercial and critical...

Ha-yun Jung

Ha-yun Jung is a writer and translator whose work has appeared in journals and anthologies including Prairie Schooner, the Threepenny Review, the New York Times, and Best New American Voices...

Ko Un

Born in 1933 in Gunsan, North Jeolla Province, Ko Un is Korea's foremost living writer. After immense suffering during the Korean War, he became a Buddhist monk. His first poems were...

Hwang Sok-Yong

Hwang Sok-Yong is one of South Korea's most renowned novelists. In 1993 Hwang was sentenced to seven years in prison for an unauthorized trip to North Korea to promote exchange between the...

Lee Seong-Bok

Lee Seong-Bok has published five books of poetry since his first collection in 1980, including his latest, Ah! Mouthless Things (2003). He is the recipient of the Kim Sooyoung Literary Award and...

Young-ha Kim

Young-ha Kim is the author of the forthcoming novel I Hear Your Voice, the acclaimed I Have the Right to Destroy Myself, and the award-winning Black Flower. He has earned a...

Yom Sang-seop

Yom Sang-seop was born in 1897 in Seoul, and in 1912, he went to Japan to study. In 1919, he participated in an independence movement against the Japanese, for which he was jailed. He published...

Yi Yŏn-ju

Yi Yŏn-ju made her literary debut in a journal called World of Writers in 1991. The same year, Yi published her first book of poetry, A Night Market Where There Are Prostitutes (Maeŭmnyŏka...

Jung Mi Kyung

Jung Mi-kyung is one of the most distinguished writers of modern Korean literature. She attended Ewha Womans University, and was the recipient of the prestigious Yi Sang Literary Award in 2006....
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