We are receiving two grants--one for publication costs and another for marketing/publicity from the Korean Literary Translators Institute. We have also received funding from the NEA and MCC for this project, and are waiting to hear back from the Witter Bynner Foundation and the Korean Institute at Harvard. Kim Hyesoon will be in the States, from Korea, in mid-October, 2006 for the ALTA conference in Seattle. She and translator Don Mee Choi will do a week-long series of readings, beginning with the ALTA conference, then on to Vancouver, Portland, UC Irvine, and most likely these two will take part in the Zephyr Southwest reading series that would get them to Santa Fe, Las Cruces, and Silver City. Continued funding from Witter Bynner will be crucial to the inclusion of them in the Southwest series. Postcard mailing with prepub offer will be going out to academic institutions and Asian Studies groups. Advanced Readers Editions will be available in time for May sales conference.
Ch'oe Sung-ja (b. 1952) is one of the most well-known and highly regarded contemporary women poets of South Korea. In 1979, Ch'oe became the first woman poet to be published in a literary journal. Ch'oe's poetry violated the criteria of decorum that had been long imposed on women poets. She is a member of Another Culture (Ttohana ui munhwa), which emerged in the 1980s and has played a critical role in feminist literary research and publication, including development of women's studies in South Korea. Kim teaches creative writing and Korean poetry at Seoul College of Arts. Yi's first book of poetry, A Night Market Where There Are Prostitutes, was published by Sekyesa, a well-known literary press in South Korea. Yi's second collection of poems was published in 1993 after her death. Yi committed suicide in 1992. Yi's poetry has a critical place in the feminist poetry of the 1980s. Literary translator and scholar of contemporary Korean literature, Don Mee has received grants from the Korean Literature Translation Institute, Seoul and the Sunshik Min Endowment for the Advancement of Korean Literature.