2013 Sejong Writing Competition
David R. McCann, ICAS, is Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations as well as Director of the Korea Institute at Harvard University. David is the recipient of numerous prizes, grants, and fellowships including the prestigious Manhae Prize in Arts and Sciences (2004), the Daesan Foundation Translation Grant (1997), and the Korea P.E.N. Center Translation Prize (1994). His many books include Traveler Maps: Poems by Ko Un (2004), The Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Poetry (2004), Early Korean Literature: Selections and Introductions (2001), War and Democracy: A Comparative Study of the Korean War and the Peloponnesian War (2001) and The Classical Moment: Views from Seven Literatures (1999).
Not only a renowned translator of major Korean poems but also a well-recognized poet, David has published many poems in such distinguished media as Poetry, Ploughshares, Descant, Runes and recently published a chapbook of poems Cat Bird Tree (2005). His poem "David" was included in the Pushcart Prize Anthology III. David's new book of poems The Way I Wait For You was published in 2010 by Codhill Press.
Mark Peterson received his B.A. in Asian Studies and Anthropology from Brigham Young University in 1971. He received his M.A. in 1973 and his Ph.D. in 1987, both from Harvard University in the field of East Asian Languages and Civilization. Prior to coming to BYU in 1984 he was the director of the Fulbright program in Korea from 1978 to 1983. He also served as the President of the Korea Pusan Mission from 1987 to 1990. He has been the coordinator of the Asian Studies Program and was the director of the undergraduate programs in the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies. He is currently the head of the Korean section of the department.
Dr. Peterson is a member of the Association for Asian Studies, where he was formerly the chair of the Korean Studies Committee; was also the book review editor for the Journal of Asian Studies for Korean Studies books. He is also a member of the Royal Asiatic Society, the International Association for Korean Language Education, the International Korean Literature Association, and the American Association of Korean Teachers.
Ivanna Yi was born in Seoul, Korea, and raised in Texas. She received her BA in English with a writing concentration in poetry from Yale University, after which she travelled to Korea on a Fulbright scholarship to study p’ansori and sijo in performance. The recipient of an Academy of American Poets Award and a Clapp Fellowship for poetry from Yale, her poems have been set to music and sung at the Aspen Music Festival, the Curtis Institute of Music, and Carnegie Hall. She is currently a PhD candidate in Korean literature at Harvard University.
Mark Hagland has been a writer, editor, researcher and public speaker in health care for over 20 years. He has written for a wide variety of prominent publications in the health care industry, has spoken to a very broad range of health care leaders on topics of strategic interest, and has been interviewed by a wide range of national news organizations. In January 2010, Mark became Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Informatics, a leading publication for health care information technology leaders.
Mark is the author of two books on performance optimization in health care. In 2007, with Jeffrey C. Bauer, Ph.D., he co-authored Paradox and Imperatives in Health Care: How Efficiency, Effectiveness, and E-Transformation Can Conquer Waste and Optimize Quality. In 2008, Mark authored Transformative Quality: The Emerging Revolution in Health Care Performance.
Mark holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
Anne Holzman holds a B.A. with Honors in English from Oberlin College and an MFA in Writing from Hamline University. She is a nationally published freelance writer with essays in the anthologies Lost Classics and Am I Teaching Yet? She has worked as an editor for the Pioneer Press newspaper and Redleaf Press book publisher and has taught high school English and journalism. She writes regularly about the arts for Korean Quarterly.
David Schaafsma, Associate Professor of the English Department, University of Illinois at Chicago, is an author and educator, and is the Director of the Program in English Education. David Schaafsma is interested in scholarly issues concerning the preparation of English teachers, young adult literature, community-based literacy, the uses of narrative in research and learning, and the relationship between literacy, democracy, and social action. The last book that he published is Narrative Inquiry in English Education (Teachers College Press, 2011),; an edited collection of essays entitled Jane Addams, Hull-House and the Call to Democratic Education, will be out with the University of Illinois Press in the fall of 2013. He also writes poetry and short fiction.