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  • 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.

Jonathan Adams grew up in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, and studied English literature and creative writing at Memorial University. He has lived and taught in Korea for eight years.

Choi Eunyoung (b. 1984) has earned popular and critical acclaim for her poignant insights on human relationships and her portrayal of women, queers, victims of state violence, and other underrepresented voices. She made her literary debut in 2013 when her novella, Shoko's Smile, won the Writers' World Award for New Writers and the Munhakdongne Young Writers Award the following year. She expanded the novella into a bestselling short story collection of the same name, which won the Heo Kyun Literary Award and Kim Jun-seong Literary Award and was chosen the best fiction title of 2016 by 50 Korean novelists. She also received the Munhakdongne Young Writers Award, Ku Sang Young Writers' Award, and Lee Haejo Literary Award for her novella The Summer. Her latest work is a short story collection entitled Someone Harmless to Me (2018). She has stated that "just as some people are born with weaker eyes or stomachs, some people have especially fragile minds. I want to humbly open my ears to the unfathomable pain of others."

Choi Jinyoung is a South Korean writer who primarily has written about aimless youth and others at the margins of Korean society. She has also been heralded as a queer and feminist writer who sympathetically represents the voices of minorities in South Korea. She received the Hankyoreh Literary Award in 2010 and the Sin Dong-yup Prize for Literature in 2014. Choi has published five novels, and a short story collection (The Top). The story "Nearly," was published in the Korean language in a collection of Korean and Chinese short stories in 2014.

Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton are the translators of numerous volumes of modern Korean fiction. Their most recent translations are the graphic novel Moss by Yoon Taeho (serialized at The Huffington Post), The Human Jungle by Cho Chŏngnae (Chin Music Press), Sunset: A Ch'ae Manshik Reader (Columbia University Press), and Mina by Kim Sagwa (Two Lines Press).

Jonathan Glade is a lecturer in Japanese studies at the University of Melbourne. His research interests include modern Korean and Japanese literature, decolonization, Zainichi studies, and the post–World War II occupation of Japan and South Korea. He is currently working on a manuscript entitled Occupied Liberation: Fragmentation and Loss in US-Occupied Japan and Southern Korea, 1945–1952.

Andre Haag is an assistant professor of Japanese literature and culture at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. He received his PhD in Japanese literature from Stanford University. Haag's research explores how the tensions and terrors of colonialism attendant to the annexation of Korea and internalization of the "Korea Problem" were inscribed within the literature, culture, and vocabularies of the Japanese metropole.

Sean Lin Halbert was born in 1993 in Seattle. He graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Korean language and is currently completing his master's degree in Korean literature at Seoul National University. He has won the 2018 LTI Korea Award for Aspiring Translators, the 2018 Korea Times Translation Award, and the 2018 GKL Translation Award.

Nathaniel Heneghan received his PhD from the University of Southern California and is currently a visiting assistant professor of Japanese at Oberlin College. His research encompasses cinema studies, postcolonial theory, and gender studies. He is currently at work on a manuscript project, which considers the changing representation of Zainichi Korean identity in postwar literature and film.

Jeong Yi Hyun is a novelist whose works include the short story collections Romantic Love and Society and The Age of Gentle Violence, and the novels My Sweet City and The Girl Who Never Smiled. She has been honored with the New Writers Award, the Yi Hyo-seok Award, and the Hyundae Literature Award.

Kim Kyung-uk was born in 1971 in Kwangju, South Chŏlla Province. He earned a...