- Notes on Contributors
*AZALEA generally adheres to the McCune-Reischauer system in transcribing Korean into English. However, many Korean contributors have not followed this convention, and we respect their way of writing their names in English. Names are alphabetically ordered by last name.
Cindy Chen is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and attends Boston University Law School. Her translations of Pyun Hye-Young's stories appear in Acta Koreana, June 2009.
Don Mee Choi lives and works in Seattle. She is the translator of When the Plug Gets Unplugged (Tinfish, 2005), Anxiety of Words (Zephyr, 2006), and Mommy Must Be a Fountain of Feathers (Action Books, 2008). She is currently translating Kim Hyesoon's Tangsin ŭi ch'ŏt.
Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio (J. M. G. Le Clézio), a French novelist, poet, and philosopher, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2008. A world traveler and student of early cultures, he was described by the Swedish Academy as an "author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization." His daring novel Le Procès-Verbal won the 1963 Prix Renaudot, launching his distinguished literary career. A frequent visitor to South Korea, Le Clézio has taught French language and literature at Ewha Womans University in Seoul since 2007.
K.E. Duffin is an artist and writer living in Somerville, Massachusetts. She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she learned printmaking. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the collections of the Boston Athenaeum, the Boston Public Library, and the DeCordova Museum. She received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant in 2005 and a Berkshire Taconic A.R.T. grant in 2007. Her [End Page 379] first book of poems, King Vulture, was published by the University of Arkansas Press.
Bruce Fulton and Ju-Chan Fulton are the translators of several volumes of modern Korean fiction, most recently The Red Room: Stories of Trauma in Contemporary Korea (University of Hawai'i Press, 2009). Bruce Fulton is the inaugural holder of the Young-Bin Min Chair in Korean Literature and Literary Translation, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia.
Gong Sun Ok is from Koksŏng, in South Chŏlla Province. She studied Korean literature at Chŏnnam National University. She debuted as a writer in 1991 when her first novella, "Seed Fire" was published. Since then, she has had many works of fiction published including several collections of short stories, novels, and children's stories. Her works have been recognized by many literary awards, including the Manhae Literary Award, the Shin Tong-yŏp Literary Fund Prize for This Year's Young Artist, and the O Yŏng-su Literary Prize.
Haïlji, born at Kyŏngju in 1955, studied creative writing at Chung-ang University in Seoul and earned a doctoral degree in France. Currently he is a professor at Dongduk Women's University where he teaches creative writing. His fiction published in Korea consists of ten novels, the first five constituting the provocative Kyŏngmajang (Racetrack) series. Several of his works have been made into movies or plays, including the film The Road to the Racetrack. He has written poetry in English and French and published Blue Meditation of the Clocks (Pine Press, 1994) and Les Hirondelles dans mon tiroir (Editions Librairie-Galerie Racine, 2003).
Han Kang was born in Kwangju, Korea, in 1970 and studied Korean literature at Yonsei University. She began her writing career when one of her poems was featured in the winter issue of the quarterly Literature and Society. She made her official literary debut in the following year when her short story "The Scarlet Anchor" was the winning entry in the daily Seoul Shinmun [End Page 380] spring literary contest. Since then, she has gone on to win the Yi Sang Literary Prize, Today's Young Artist Award, and the Korean Literature Novel Award. Currently she teaches creative writing at the Seoul Institute of the Arts. Her major works include the short story collections A Convict's Love and The Fruit of My Woman and the novels Dark Deer...