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 International Writing Program. Since her fiction debut at age twenty-eight, she has earned numerous literary awards, including Today's Young Artist Prize from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Her work in English includes the novel Tongue.
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 Brother, which was a Barnes and Noble "Discover Great New Writers" selection in 1996 and PEN/Hemingway finalist in 1997. His most recent prose translation, Yi Mun-yol’s short story, “An Anonymous Island,” was published in the September 12, 2011, issue of the New Yorker and his most recent short story, “Five Arrows,” was published in the August 3rd, 2015, issue of the magazine. He is currently working on a new translation of the classic eighteenth-century Korean Buddhist novel Kuunmong by Kim Man-jung.