Distinguished Poet, Kim Ki-Taek, Lectures at University of Minnesota, The Loft Literary Center, and St. Olaf College
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (January 20, 2009)—Award-winning Korean poet Kim Ki-Taek will give three talks in the Twin Cities area on February 24 and 26, 2009. He will appear at the University of Minnesota, The Loft Literary Center, and St. Olaf College; his talks are free and open to the public.
Kim’s poetry focuses on violence inflicted on the body. He explores how physical and psychological violence leaves its mark behind and how that mark eventually manifests as various habits that continue to inform one's sense of self. He has tried to observe this process and record it in his poems. Literary critics have praised his work for its perceptive imagination, its "observation and description of minute and microscopic details.”
After winning the poetry section of a literary contest in Hankook Daily Newspaper in 1989, Kim focused on writing poetry professionally. He has since published four books of collected poems in Korean— Fatal Sleep (1991), Storm in the Hole of the Needle (1994), Office Worker (1999), and Cow (2005) and has won 5 major literary prizes— Kim Soo Young Literary Award, Hyundai Literary Award, Midang Literary Award, Jihoon Literary Award and Isu Literary Award. His fifth book, a selection of his poems, is forthcoming.
Kim Ki-Taek is available for interviews while in Minnesota.
“Korean Poetry: Form and History; a talk by Kim Ki-Taek”
February 24, 2009 | 4:00-5:30 p.m. | Room 101 Walter Library | University of Minnesota east bank; 117 Pleasant Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
“Contemporary Korean Poetry Through Translation and Diaspora: A Reading and Conversation with Kim Ki-Taek and Jennifer Kwon Dobbs”
February 24, 2009 | 7:30-9:00 p.m. | The Loft Literary Center | Suite 200, Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415 | www.loft.org
“The Contemporary Writers Series: A Reading by Kim Ki-Taek”
February 26, 2009 | 4:00-5:30 p.m. | 525 Rolvaag Memorial Library | St. Olaf College 1510 St. Olaf Avenue Northfield, MN 55057