Moderated by Bruce Fulton

The Korea Society
950 Third Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, NY, 10022

kim.jpg Kim In-suk (김인숙) was born in 1963 in Seoul and studied journalism at Yonsei University. A published writer at the age of 19, she issued her first story collection, Bloodline, in 1983, and her first novel, Flowers of Fire, in 1985. She is the recipient of the 2003 Yi Sang Literature Prize for “Sea and Butterfly,” and the 2005 Hanguk ilbo Literature Prize for The Long Road, one of the very few Korean fictional works involving the Korean diasporic experience in Australia. Today, building on a three-decade career in letters, she is one of Korea’s senior writers, but an author whose literary sensibility and wide-ranging world view continue to develop. Her most recent works are the story collection So Long, Elena, for which she received the 2009 Tongin Literature Prize; the historical novel Sohyŏn (2010); and the novel Could You Lose Your Mind?(2011), which conflates natural and human disaster. She is represented in English translation in the journals Koreana and ASIA; the novella The Long Road (2010), the anthology Reading Korea:12 Contemporary Stories (2008), and in an ASIA Bilingual Edition of her story “Stab.”

kang.jpg KangYŏng-suk (강영숙)was born in 1966 in Ch’unch’ŏn, Kangwŏn Province, and studied creative writing at the Seoul Institute of the Arts. Since her debut in 1998she has issued half a dozen story collections and novels and garnered several literary awards, including the 2006 Hangukilbo Literature Prize for her first novel, Rina, and the 2011 Kim Yu-jŏng Literature Prize. In 2009 she took part in the University of Iowa International Writing Program. Her 2011 story collection The Night He Lifts Weights, honored with a Book-of-the-Year award from the Korean Library Association, is strongly colored by urban noir, the stories set in locales within and without Korea. She is represented in English translation in Azalea 4.

This program is free and open to the public.

Major funding provided by the International Communication Foundation, Seoul.
Co-sponsored by: The Korea Society The Center for Korean Research, Columbia University

Photo of Kim In-suk courtesy of Son Hong-ju
Photo of Kang Yŏng-suk courtesy of Tom Langdon