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K-Literature: A Night of Poetry and Music with Kim Ki-taek image
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K-Literature: A Night of Poetry and Music with Kim Ki-taek

The Korean Culture Center Washington, D.C. is pleased to welcome award-winning Korean poet Kim Ki-taek for a K-Literature Night of Poetry and Music, including readings and a talk by the poet and a traditional Korean music performance by Kwon Oh-sung of the National Gugak Center.

Kim will offer a brief lecture, “The Body's Power against Violence's Marks,” to discuss his writing approach and inspirations, read five selected poems, and engage in a Q&A with the audience, followed by a light dinner reception. The evening will include special traditional Korean music performances by Kwon Oh-sung of the National Gugak Center on janngu (hourglass drum) and Ju Hyun Hwang on geomunggo (six-string zither). Admission is free, but an RSVP is required to attend (below). Live Korean/English interpretation will be provided. 

Read selected poems by Kim Ki-taek in full translation - scroll down to view! 

Kim Ki-taek, known for his clarity of vision and straightforward style, has successfully juggled the life of a salary man and a poet for the past 20 years. In his writing, Kim has focused on human physicality and the effect of everyday stress on the living body. The human body, Kim believes, must be resilient and endure this everyday violence that normally goes unnoticed. Yet these processes and compulsions are a natural part of life, which is why Kim has been called “an observer of minute and microscopic details.” 

Kim was born in Anyang, Gyeongi Province in 1957 and has taught creative writing at Kyunghee Cyber University. He started his literary career with his poems Drought and Hunchback in the Annual Spring Literacy Contest (1989) hosted by the Korean Times. His major poetry works include Fetal Sleep (1991), Storm in the Eye of a Needle (1994), Administrative Staff (1999), and Ox (2005). He is the recipient of the Kim Soo-young Literary Award (1995), Hyundai Literary Award (2001), Midang Literature Prize (2004), Leesoo Literature Prize (2004), and the Pyunwoon Prize for Literature (2013). 

K-Literature is a series of free programs hosted by the Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. designed to highlight emerging and established writers, both Korean and American, whose works inform and illuminate Korean culture and experiences worldwide. Events serve as a platform for author-reader interaction, open discussion, networking among enthusiasts, and showcasing upcoming works.

WHEN: Friday, November 14 @ 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW)

HOW: RSVP required below.

LTI Korea - Kim Ki-taek by Korean Cultural Center DC