Leading Korean poet Kim Ki-Taek to lecture at St. Olaf College

Feb 26 2009 4:00 pm
Feb 26 2009 5:30 pm

Award-winning Korean poet Kim Ki-Taek will present “The Contemporary Writers Series: A Reading by Kim Ki-Taek” Thursday, Feb. 26, at St. Olaf College in room 525 of Rolvaag Library. The talk is 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 4 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.