is edited by the following poets, performers, artists, and scholars.
David McCann, the Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Literature, received his B.A. from Amherst College, taught English for two years in Korea in the Peace Corps, and received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard. He has published twenty-seven books: anthologies, studies on Korean literary culture, translations of the poets Sowol, Pak Chaesam, Kim Chi Ha, Ko Un, Kim Namjo, and So Chongju, as well as six collections of his own poetry. His work in the field of Korean literature has been recognized by the Manhae Prize in 2004, and the Korean Culture Order of Merit in 2006. His current work explores the performance functions of literature during periods of cultural confrontation, the case-study functions of historical compilations, and other features of Korean literature and literary culture.
Award-winning Australian poet Dan Disney’s previous collections include and then when the (John Leonard Press), either, Orpheus (University of Western Australia Press), and Report from a border (Light Trap Press). He is editor of Beyond Babel: exploring second language creative writing (John Benjamins), and co-editor of Writing to the Wire (University of Western Australia Press), an anthology of creative work protesting the dehumanizing of people seeking asylum in Australia. He teaches in the English Literature Program at Sogang University (Seoul).
Wayne de Fremery is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Korean Studies at Sogang University in Seoul and the author of a growing number of academic publications about Korean literature, bibliography, and the socialization of twentieth-century Korean literary texts. His book-length translation of poetry by Jeongrye Choi, Instances, appeared in 2011 from Parlor Press. Wayne’s work as a book designer and publisher received awards from the Independent Book Publishers Association and the Northern California Publishers & Authors Association. His artwork has appeared at several conferences and exhibitions, including HCI Korea 2014 and DAW BioArt Seoul 2015.
Ivanna Yi a Ph.D. Candidate in Korean Literature at Harvard University. She received an M.A. in Regional Studies—East Asia from Harvard and an B.A. in English with a writing concentration in poetry from Yale University. Her dissertation examines the influence of Korean oral traditions (p’ansori and sijo) and performance on written Korean literature. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to South Korea, an International Communication Foundation Fellowship in Korean Literature at Harvard University, an Academy of American Poets Award, a Frederick Mortimer Clapp Fellowship for poetry from Yale University, and grants from the Harvard Asia Center and Korea Institute. She serves as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies for the East Asian Studies Program at Harvard University and has taught at Harvard, Wellesley College, and Boston University.
Carl Moon is a student in the poetry MFA program at Cornell University, where he is also a lecturer in English and an assistant editor at Epoch magazine. For thrills, he periodically uses Nabokov’s old pencil sharpener.
Insu Fenkl is an author, editor, translator, and folklorist. He is also an expert on North Korean comics. An associate professor of English and Asian Studies at SUNY New Paltz, Heinz currently teaches creative writing in addition to courses on Asian literature, film, and folklore. He is the co-editor of the special North Korea and the Korean American Literature sections of Azalea. Memories of My Ghost Brother, his first novel, was a Finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” pick. His most recent fiction, “Five Arrows,” was published in The New Yorker.
Chan E Park received her Ph.D. from University of Hawaii, and is currently professor of Korean language, literature, and performance studies at The Ohio State University. Her specialization is research and performance of p’ansori, Korean story-singing, its performance in transnational context in particular, related oral narrative/lyrical/dramatic traditions, and their places in the shaping of modern Korean drama. She has published extensively on the theory and practice of oral narratology and its interdisciplinary connection with arts and humanities as a whole, including her monograph, Voices from the Straw Mat: Toward an Ethnography of Korean Story Singing (University of Hawaii Press, 2003).
K.E. Duffin is a painter and print-maker who finds inspiration in the art of the ancient world. She graduated from Harvard University and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Her poems have appeared in a number of journals, including Poetry, Partisan Review, Ploughshares, Verse, and the Sewanee Review. She has been a finalist for the National Poetry Series, the Walt Whitman Award, and the Colorado Prize. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
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