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Saturday, March 14 • 9:00am - 10:50am
Why KA? FP

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Title: Why KA? FP


The panelists will read representative samples of poetry by contemporary Korean American female poets and open the forum by saying something startling and potentially offensive. The panelists will then discuss issues including the function of old tales then and now, where they saw themselves in the literature as child writers, how to write good poems, I, and ignoring the ignorable. 

Statement of Merit:

This panel concerns the growing body of literature by Korean American female poets. All of a sudden, we’re everywhere. Today, for example, Poetry magazine sent one of us a check for $500 for the Frederick Bock Prize, though it was intended for Frances Choi, who may be another Korean American female poet. In spite of our growing visibility, there have been very few literary conference panels devoted to this topic, perhaps none. We believe we can start a thoughtful conversation, which we will generously open up to the audience. 


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Anna Maria Hong

Visiting Creative Writer, Ursinus College
Anna Maria Hong is the Visiting Creative Writer at Ursinus College and was the 2010-11 Bunting Fellow in Poetry at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The recipient of Poetry magazine’s 2013 Frederick Bock Prize, she has poems recently published and forthcoming in publications including Boston Review, Green Mountains Review, The Nation, Verse Daily, The Volta, Drunken Boat, Fence, Fairy Tale Review, Unsplendid, POOL, Beloit Poetry... Read More →

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Franny Choi

Franny Choi is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing). She is a recipient of the Frederick Bock Prize and has been a finalist for the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship. Her work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in POETRY Magazine, The Journal, Redivider, Rattle, and PANK. She is a VONA Fellow, a Project VOICE teaching artist, and a member of the Dark Noise Collective. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
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Youna Kwak

Youna Kwak was born in Seoul, Korea. She has lived in Manhattan, Maryland, Missoula, Providence, Paris and Brooklyn, New York. Her poems and translations have appeared in journals including Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Cerise Press, The Horizon Review, Left-Facing Bird, Muthafucka, Neo, Po&sie and West Branch Wired. She is currently writing a dissertation that explores the... Read More →

Hannah Park

Hannah Sanghee Park is the author of  The Same-Different, winner of the 2014 Walt Whitman Award from The Academy of the American Poets (forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press in April 2015). She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a BA from the University of Washington, and has received fellowships and honors from The Fulbright Program, The MacDowell Colony, The Poetry Foundation, and elsewhere.  | Park... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 9:00am - 10:50am
UC 330

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