Saturday, February 21, 2009

Poet Kim Ki-Taek in Minnesota

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.

Event details:

“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 |

“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


Mama Nabi said...

I am assuming he will be reading in Korean and a translator will translate...?

Lee Herrick said...

Perhaps for parts of it, but Ki-Taek's English is excellent, actually. He came to a reading of mine in Berkeley a couple of years ago, and I met up with him in Seoul last year, and we conversed entirely in English.

Mama Nabi said...

Excellent. I am going to try to make it to at least one since he is speaking at both of my alma maters. :-) I hope he will recite one in Korean - it's been a while since I've heard a Korean poet.

Anne said...

Hi Lee,

Thanks for your help in publicizing our events. I just picked up Ki-Taek from the airport and we were talking about his time with you in Berkley.

He will be giving his talks in English. I think some of the poems will be in English and some in Korea.

Hope to see you again in MN!


Lee Herrick said...

My pleasure, Anne. I hope all the events go well---and I hope to see you in Minnesota again soon, too!