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Korean poet extraordinaire Kim Yideum will read Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the Hammes Bookstore on Notre Dame’s campus.

Yideum will be reading simultaneously with one of her translators, Ji Yoon Lee, a recent graduate of the Notre Dame MFA in Poetry. They will be reading from Yideum’s Cheer Up Femme Fatale, recently published in English by Action Books.

The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.


About the author and translator:

Kim Yideum 
has published five books of poetry—A Stain in the Shape of a Star (2005), Cheer Up, Femme Fatale (2007), The Unspeakable Lover (2011), Song of Berlin, Dahlem (2013), and Hysteria (2014). Her work has been adapted into a play (The Metamorphosis, 2014) and a film (After School, 2015). She has received numerous awards for her poetry, including the Poetry & the World Literary Award, the Kim Daljin Changwon Award, the 22nd Century Literary Award, and the Kim Chunsoo Award. She teaches at Gyeongsang National University, works as a newspaper columnist, and hosts a poetry-themed radio program. Her first book in English translation, Cheer Up, Femme Fatale (translated by Ji Yoon Lee, Don Mee Choi and Johannes Göransson) was published by Action Books earlier this year.

Ji Yoon Lee is the author of Foreigner’s Folly (Coconut Books, 2014), Funsize/Bitesize (Birds of Lace, 2013), and IMMA (Radioactive Moat, 2012). She is the winner of the Joanna Cargill prize (2014), and her manuscript was a finalist for the 1913 First Book Prize (2012). Her poems and translations have appeared in Asymptote, Eleveneleven, The VoltaPANK, Bambi Muse, Seven Corners, The YOLO Pages, The Animated Reader: Poetry of Surround Audience, and &Now Awards 3. She was born in South Korea and came to the United States as a teen. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame.


This event is sure to be exciting and cheery. We hope to see you all there!



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