2015 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.
Gyung-ryul Jang received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Seoul National University, Korea, and his Ph.D. degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. While he was a graduate student of the University of Texas at Austin, he published an article on Ezra Pound’s poetry in Paideuma: A Journal Devoted to Ezra Pound Scholarship, and his essay, “The Imagination Beyond and Within Language: An Understanding of Coleridge's Idea of Imagination,” appeared in Studies in Romanticism. Dr. Jang is now professor of English at Seoul National University. He has contributed numerous articles on contemporary literary theory and Korean literature to various literary journals in Korea. He has recently published a critical study of sijo poetry: Poetics of Temporarity: Toward a New Understanding of Sijo Poetry. (Seoul: Seoul National University Press, 2013). Another recent publication is Joy of Reading Poetry: A Critical Reading of Contemporary Korean Poetry (Seoul: Literary Notebook Pub. Co., 2014).
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. >>> As of February, 2015, he is the editor-in-chief of the Korea Journal.
Ivanna Yi is a Guest Lecturer at Boston University and a PhD Candidate in Korean Literature at Harvard University. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to South Korea, an Academy of American Poets Award and a Frederick Mortimer Clapp Fellowship for poetry from Yale University, and grants from the Harvard Asia Center and Korea Institute. Her poems have been set to music and performed at the Aspen Music Festival, the Curtis Institute of Music, and Carnegie Hall.
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.
Joonok Huh, Professor of English, University of Northern Colorado, teaches Asian American literature, American literature, and women’s literature. She was born in Seoul, Korea, came to America as a graduate student, and received her PhD in English from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. She is currently writing about the four generations of women in her family—grandmother, mother, herself, and her daughter born in America. She believes personal stories turn testimony into history, and wants to ensure, in scholarship and life stories, that in the process of globalization Korean identity maintains its own unique character.
Jenny Lee is an Associate Professor of English and Humanities and Women's Center Coordinator at the College of Lake County, where she was named Outstanding Faculty of the Year. She received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, M.A. from the University of Cape Town, and Ph.D. in English and classical studies from Northwestern University, where she received the Jean H. Hagstrum Award for Best Dissertation of the Year for her work on confessional poetics in the literature of late medieval England. She is a recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, Illinois Diversifying Higher Education Faculty Fellowship, Newberry Library Lipking Fellowship, Medieval Academy of America Schallek Award, Ewha University Gloria Hahn Memorial Scholarship, and UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Scholarship. She is a former writer for Hyphen magazine, a member of the Korean Women's International Network, and an active advocate for community organizations in the Chicago area that support the needs and rights of women, youth, low-income immigrants, and the elderly, serving on the Board of Directors at Hanul Family Alliance, an organization that provides services to immigrant elderly and their families, and KAN-WIN, an organization that supports survivors of domestic and sexual violence. She lives in the Chicago area with her family.