S229. Beyond Kimchi: Writing Through Ethnicity

Redwood Room, Sheraton Seattle, 2nd Floor
Saturday, March 1, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Four novelists and a poet, all of Korean descent, will read from current work, followed by a discussion of how their work has evolved with respect to ethnicity, theme, and aesthetic vision. With changing publishing trends and readers’ attitudes toward “ethnic” writing, panelists will also discuss various perspectives of writing toward ethnicity, of writing "beyond" it, and of other ways to approach the gift/challenge of “double consciousness."



Katherine Min’s novel Secondhand World was published in 2006. Her stories have been widely published and anthologized, including in the 25th Pushcart Prize anthology. She is currently working on her second novel, The Fetishist. She teaches at the University of North Carolina, Asheville.

Marie Myung-Ok Lee is the author of the novel Somebody's Daughter and one forthcoming in 2015. Fiction has appeared the Kenyon Review, FiveChapters, TriQuarterly, Witness, and Guernica. His nonfiction has appeared in the Atlantic, Salon, and The New York Times. She teaches creative writing at Brown and Columbia.

Catherine Chung is the author of the novel Forgotten Country and an assistant professor at Adelphi University. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Granta.com, and The Rumpus, and she is fiction editor at Guernica magazine.

Matthew Salesses is the author of I'm Not Saying, I'm Just Saying and The Last Repatriate. His essays and fiction have or will appear in The New York Times parenting blog, NPR, The Good Men Project, Hyphen, The Rumpus, Glimmer Train, Witness, and American Short Fiction.

Krys Lee’s debut book Drifting House was awarded the 2012 Story Prize Spotlight Award and was shortlisted for the 2012 BBC International Story Prize. She is a professor of creative writing at Yonsei University's Underwood International College in Seoul, Korea.


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