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April 11, 1994

Korean-American Poets To Read at Library of Congress

On Thursday, April 28, at 6:45 p.m. in the Mumford Room, three Korean-American poets will read from their work in a special program presented under the auspices of the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund.

The reading is the first time the Whittall Fund has presented the work of Korean-Americans in its literary series. It will feature poets Yearn Hong Choi, Chungmi Kim, and Moon Hee Kim; poems will be read in the original Korean, in the original English, and in English translation. Tickets are not required.

Yearn Hong Choi was born in Korea and educated at Yonsei University; during his time there, he published his poems in the most prestigious literary magazine in Korea, Hyondaemunhak (Modern Literature Monthly). He came to the United States as a graduate student at Indiana University. Continuing his writing career, he also received his Ph.D. degree in political science/public administration. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin and at Old Dominion University, and served as assistant for environmental quality at the Department of Defense before joining the faculty of the University of the District of Columbia. Mr. Choi is also a literary critic and a columnist for Korea Herald. He is the founding president of the Korean Poets and Writers Group in the Washington area, and two of his collections of poetry have been published in Korean and in English. His collections of poetry in English include Autumn Vocabularies (1990). He has also written a collection of short stories in Korean and in English.

Chungmi Kim, also born in Korea, received an M.A. degree in theater arts from the University of California at Los Angeles. She has written and produced a number of television programs, including "The Asian Hour," "Koreans in L.A.," and "Poets in Profile." She received Emmy nominations for her work as co- producer of "Korea," a 23-part news series, and "Korea: The New Power in the Pacific," a one-hour news documentary for KCBS-TV. Ms. Kim is the author of a collection of poems, "Chungmi--Selected Poems," and a screenplay, "The Dandelion," which won the first-place award of the Open Door Writing Contest from the Writers Guild Foundation. Her poems and articles have appeared in many journals and anthologies. Ms. Kim is currently writing a new play and compiling her second volume of poetry.

Moon Hee Kim, born in Kangwon-Do, Korea, graduated from Sook Myung University with a B.A. degree in French Literature. After coming to the United States, she studied Child Development at Los Angeles City College. Ms. Kim is a member of the Korean Literary Writer's Association, the Modern Korean Poets Association, and PEN in Korea, and she has been president of the Korean-American Christian Literature Association. Her collections of poetry include "Leaves of Grass," "Awaking" (1988), "Autumn River" (1990), and "Morning Grass" (1992). She has also published two collections of essays.

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PR 94-072
ISSN 0731-3527

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