Contemporary Korean Poetry Symposium

Korean poetry symposium participantsThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies and the Depart­ment of Eng­lish at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa are spon­sor­ing two events high­light­ing the poet­ry of con­tem­po­rary South Korea.

The first event is a col­lo­qui­um titled “Trans­lat­ing Con­tem­po­rary Kore­an Poet­ry: Prob­lems and Joys” led by Broth­er Antho­ny of Taizé with par­tic­i­pa­tion by poets Lee Si-Young and Kim Soo-Bok.

Broth­er Antho­ny knows his sub­ject well: He has pub­lished more than thir­ty vol­umes of Eng­lish trans­la­tions of Kore­an lit­er­a­ture, most­ly poet­ry, includ­ing works by Lee Si-Young, Kim Soo-Bok, Kim Seung-Hee, Ko Un, and Ch’on Sang-Pyong, among oth­ers, and fic­tion by Yi Mun-yol.

The col­lo­qui­um on trans­lat­ing Kore­an poet­ry is part of the Words@Manoa Series of the Depart­ment of Eng­lish Cre­ative Writ­ing Pro­gram. It will take place Wednes­day, Feb­ru­ary 17, 2016, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Kuyk­endall Hall Room 410 at 1733 Don­agho Road on the Mānoa cam­pus.

Korean Poetry Readings

The fol­low­ing after­noon, Feb­ru­ary 18, Lee Si-young, Kim Soo-Bok, and a third poet, Kim Seung-Hee, will read from their works in a pro­gram in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies audi­to­ri­um from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. The read­ings will be accom­pa­nied by com­men­tary by Broth­er Antho­ny. All three poets have pub­lished exten­sive­ly, hold aca­d­e­m­ic posi­tions at major uni­ver­si­ties, and are recip­i­ents of mul­ti­ple major lit­er­ary awards. All three have also pub­lished Eng­lish edi­tions of some of their books.

This sym­po­sium is co-sponsored by The Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies and the Depart­ment of Eng­lish. These events are free and open to the pub­lic. Lim­it­ed paid park­ing is avail­able in cam­pus park­ing lots. For more infor­ma­tion about park­ing loca­tions, rules, and rates, con­sult the Mānoa cam­pus park­ing office Web page. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the two events, includ­ing infor­ma­tion regard­ing access for the hand­i­capped, tele­phone the Cen­ter at (808) 956‑7041 or con­tact Pro­fes­sor Gary Pak at

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    • Accord­ing to the pro­gram orga­niz­er, Gary Pak, the poets will read in Kore­an, but either Broth­er Antho­ny or one of our doc­tor­al stu­dent assis­tants will read the trans­la­tions, at both the Eng­lish col­lo­qui­um and at the CKS read­ing.

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