2010 Sejong Writing Competition
Anne B. Dalton is publisher and editor-in-chief of Bo-Leaf Books, a small press specializing in Korean and Korean American literature. She has a PhD from the University of California, Davis, and has taught at Reed College (Portland, OR), Yonsei University (Seoul, KOREA), and the University of Rochester (NY), where she was a Susan B. Anthony Research Fellow. She is best known for her work on Harriet Jacobs and Djuna Barnes, for which she received a Woodrow Wilson Award.
David R. McCann, ICAS, is Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations as well as Director of the Korea Institute at Harvard University. David is the recipient of numerous prizes, grants, and fellowships including the prestigious Manhae Prize in Arts and Sciences (2004), the Daesan Foundation Translation Grant (1997), and the Korea P.E.N. Center Translation Prize (1994). His many books include Traveler Maps: Poems by Ko Un (2004), The Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Poetry (2004), Early Korean Literature: Selections and Introductions (2001), War and Democracy: A Comparative Study of the Korean War and the Peloponnesian War (2001) and The Classical Moment: Views from Seven Literatures (1999).
Not only a renowned translator of major Korean poems but also a well-recognized poet, David has published many poems in such distinguished media as Poetry, Ploughshares, Descant, Runes and recently published a chapbook of poems Cat Bird Tree (2005). His poem "David" was included in the Pushcart Prize Anthology III. David's new book of poems The Way I Wait For You has been accepted for publication by Codhill Press and will be published this year.
Kevin O’Rourke, professor emeritus (Kyunghee University), is an Irish priest (Columban Fathers), who has lived in Korea since 1964. The first foreigner to receive a Ph.D in Korean literature from a Korean university (Yonsei University 1982), he has published many translations of classical and contemporary fiction and poetry including Choe Inhun’s celebrated post Korean War novel, The Square (Spindlewood 1985); Tilting the Jar, Spilling the Moon, (Dedalus 1993); Poems of a Wanderer: Selected Poems of So Chongju (Dedalus 1995); Looking for the Cow (Dedalus 1999), an anthology of modern Korean poetry; Yi Munyol’s prize winning novella, Our Twisted Hero (Hyperion 2001);The Book of Korean Shijo (Harvard 2002); and The Book of Korean Poetry: Songs of Shilla and Koryo (Iowa University Press 2006);
1977-2005: Kyunghee University, professor.
1970: Yonsei University, Korean Literture, MA.
1982: Yonsei University, Korean Literature, Ph.D.
1986: Tongsomunhak (World Literature) Prize.
1989: Taehanminguksang (Korean National Literature Prize: Culture and Arts Foundation ponsang)
1995: East Asia Korean Literature Prize, Cornell University
2001 : National University of Ireland, Doctor of Letters (honoris causa).
2005-: Professor Emeritus, Kyunghee University
2005: Presidential Citation for teaching career
2006: Honorary Citizen of Seoul
2009: Presidential citation for services to Korean language and literature.
Heinz Insu Fenkl is an author, editor, translator, folklorist, and the director of the Interstitial Studies Institute at the State University of New York, New Paltz. His fiction includes Memories of My Ghost Brother, an autobiographical novel about growing up in Korea as a bi-racial child in the '60s. He was named a Barnes and Noble "Great New Writer" and Pen/Hemingway finalist in 1997. He has also published short fiction in a variety of journals and magazines, as well as numerous articles on folklore and myth.
He lectures regularly for The Korea Society on a variety of topics including Korean animation, comics, literature, and folktales.
Heinz was raised in Korea and (in his later years) Germany and the United States. Graduating from Vassar, he studied folklore and shamanism as a Fulbright Scholar in Korea and dream research under a grant from the University of California. Before his appointment to his current position at New Paltz, he taught a range of courses at Vassar, Bard, Sarah Lawrence, and Yonsei University (Korea), including Asian/American Folk Traditions, East Asian Folklore Korean Literature, Asian American Literature, and Native American Literature, in addition to Creative Writing.
He has published translations of Korean fiction and folklore, and is co-editor of Kori: The Beacon Anthology of Korean American Literature. He also writes regular columns on mythic topics for Realms of Fantasy magazine.
Heinz lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife, writer and artist Anne B. Dalton, and their daughter Isabella Myong-wol.
Mark Hagland has been a writer, editor, researcher and public speaker in health care for over 20 years. He has written for a wide variety of prominent publications in the health care industry, has spoken to a very broad range of health care leaders on topics of strategic interest, and has been interviewed by a wide range of national news organizations. In January 2010, Mark became Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Informatics, a leading publication for health care information technology leaders.
Mark is the author of two books on performance optimization in health care. In 2007, with Jeffrey C. Bauer, Ph.D., he co-authored Paradox and Imperatives in Health Care: How Efficiency, Effectiveness, and E-Transformation Can Conquer Waste and Optimize Quality. In 2008, Mark authored Transformative Quality: The Emerging Revolution in Health Care Performance.
Mark holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
David Schaafsma, Associate Professor of the English Department, University of Illinois at Chicago, is an author and educator. David Schaafsma is interested in scholarly issues concerning the preparation of English teachers, young adult literature, community-based literacy, the uses of narrative in research and learning, and the relationship between literacy, democracy, and social action. He has been working on projects in the past year that include a (research methods) book, Narrative Inquiry in English Education, that he is writing with Ruth Vinz; an edited collection of essays entitled Jane Addams, Hull-House and the Call to Education, and an edited collection of baseball poetry tentatively titled Take me Out to the Ballgame. He is developing, with his colleague Todd DeStigter and Oak Park-River Forest High School English teacher and Spoken Word Club Coordinator Peter Kahn, an MA in English Education certificate program in Teaching Spoken Word Poetry. Other publications of Schaafsma include Eating On The Street: Teaching Literacy in a Multicultural Society and Literacy and Democracy: Teacher Research and Composition Studies in Pursuit of Habitable Spaces: Further Conversations from the Students of Jay Robinson.