[KS] Ko Un Poetry Event at GW University

Brother Anthony ansonjae at sogang.ac.kr
Wed Sep 7 18:20:18 EDT 2016


Korean poet, Ko Un, will be featured in a poetry reading
event hosted by the George Washington University. Ko Un
is one of Korea’s most prolific and popular poets. He has
published 155 books, of which about 70 are poetry books. More than 50
volumes of his work have been translated into over 30 languages. Winner of some
20 prestigious literary awards, he is frequently mentioned as a contender for a
Nobel Literature prize. He will be introduced by his translator, Brother
Anthony, Professor Emeritus of Sogang University. A brief commentary will be
offered by Frank Stewart, Professor at the University of Hawai’i and
editor of Mānoa, a Pacific Journal of International Writing, since
1989. The reading will be presented in both Korean and English. There
will be time for the audience to interact with the poet, followed by a


Program Schedule:Tuesday, September 20, 2016
2:30 - 2:45PM          Registration2:50 - 3:00 PM         Opening Remarks (Ben Vinson, III, Dean, CCAS)3:00 - 3:10 PM         Introduction of the Poet Ko Un & his Works by Brother
                              Anthony -Professor Emeritus, Sogang University, Seoul3:10 - 4:00 PM         Poetry Reading by Ko Un with English Translation                              Presented by Brother Anthony4:00 - 4:20 PM         Commentary on Ko Un’s Works by Frank Stewart,                              Professor of English, University of Hawai’i; Editor of                              Mānoa: a Pacific Journal of International Writing4:20 - 4:50 PM         Q&A4:50 - 5:00 PM         Concluding Remarks by Young-Key Kim-Renaud,                               Professor Emeritus, GWU5:00 - 5:45 PM         Reception                                  



Speaker Bios

Ko Un | Born in 1933 in Gunsan, North Jeolla
Province, South Korea, Ko Un made his official debut as a poet in 1958 when he
was living as a Buddhist monk practicing  Sŏn/Chan/Zen meditation.
His first collection was published in 1960, and he returned to the world in
1962. After years of dark nihilism, he became a leading spokesman in the
struggle for freedom and democracy in Korea during the 1970s and 1980s, for which
he was often arrested and imprisoned. He has published more than 150 volumes of
poems, essays, and fiction, etc. including the 7-volume epic Mount
Paektu and the monumental 30-volume Maninbo (Ten
Thousand Lives) series of over 4000 poems. Ko Un has received some 20
prestigious literary awards, honors and fellowships at home and abroad, and
more than 50 volumes of translations of his work have been published in over 30
languages. He is currently President of the Compilation Committee of the
Grand Inter-Korean Dictionary.  http://www.koun.co.kr.

Brother Anthony (An Sonjae) | Brother Anthony of Taizé
was born in Cornwall (UK) in 1942. He has been living in Korea since 1980. He
is an Emeritus Professor of Sogang University and Chair-Professor at Dankook
University. He is also currently President of the Royal Asiatic Society Korea
Branch. He has published over forty volumes of translations of Korean
literature, mostly poetry, including 10 volumes of works by Ko Un. Other recent
publications include works by Yi Mun-yol, Jeong Ho-seung, Oh Sae-Young and Shim
Bo-Seon. He took Korean citizenship in 1994 – An Sonjae is his official Korean
name. He received the Korean government’s Award of Merit in October 2008 for
promoting knowledge of Korean literature in the world. In 2012 he was awarded
an honorary MBE by Queen Elizabeth for his contributions to Korea-British
relations. http://anthony.sogang.ac.kr.

Frank Stewart | Frank Stewart is Professor
of English at the University of Hawai̔i. Since 1989, he has twice yearly
edited MĀNOA, A Pacific Journal of International
Writing, published by the University of Hawaii Press
(manoajournal.hawaii.edu). He has also published six books of his own work and
eight additional anthologies on literature of Asia and the Pacific.

The Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea)

The George Washington University Columbian College of Arts & Sciences

The George Washington University East Asian Languages & Literatures

The George Washington University Sigur Center for Asian Studies

The Korean Literary Society of Washington    


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Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 2:30 PM to
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