2016 Sejong Writing Competition
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 was published in 2010 by Codhill Press.
Mark Peterson (Professor of Korean literature and language, Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages. Brigham Young University, Provo, UT) received his B.A. in Asian Studies and Anthropology from Brigham Young University in 1971. He received his M.A. in 1973 and his Ph.D. in 1987, both from Harvard University in the field of East Asian Languages and Civilization. Prior to coming to BYU in 1984 he was the director of the Fulbright program in Korea from 1978 to 1983. He also served as the President of the Korea Pusan Mission from 1987 to 1990. He has been the coordinator of the Asian Studies Program and was the director of the undergraduate programs in the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies. He is currently the head of the Korean section of the department. Dr. Peterson is a member of the Association for Asian Studies, where he was formerly the chair of the Korean Studies Committee; was also the book review editor for the Journal of Asian Studies for Korean Studies books. He is also a member of the Royal Asiatic Society, the International Association for Korean Language Education, the International Korean Literature Association, and the American Association of Korean Teachers.
Ivanna Yi (Award-winning poet, p’ansori and sijo chang performer, PhD Candidate in Korean literature at Harvard) is a PhD Candidate in Korean Literature at Harvard University and a Guest Lecturer at Boston University. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to South Korea, an International Communication Foundation Fellowship in Korean Literature at Harvard University, an Academy of American Poets Award and a Frederick Mortimer Clapp Fellowship for poetry from Yale University, and grants from the Harvard Asia Center and Korea Institute. As part of her research on Korean poetry and literature, she has studied with masters of traditional arts in p’ansori and sijo performance in Korea. Current projects examine the interrelationships between music, text, and performance in living oral traditions.
Anne Holzman holds a B.A. with Honors in English from Oberlin College and an MFA in Writing from Hamline University. She is a nationally published freelance writer with essays in the anthologies Lost Classics and Am I Teaching Yet? She has worked as an editor for the Pioneer Press newspaper and Redleaf Press book publisher and has taught high school English and journalism. She writes regularly about the arts for Korean Quarterly.
Samuel Park is the author of This Burns My Heart (Simon & Schuster), chosen as a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, Amazon, NPR.org, California Literary Review, and BookPage. It was an Indiebound Bestseller, a People magazine “Great Read,” A Today Show “Favorite Thing” and a Target Emerging Author Pick. Foreign editions include Germany, Norway, China, and South Korea. He is also the author of Shakespeare’s Sonnets (Alyson Books), adapted into a short film that he wrote and directed. He earned his B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University, and his Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Southern California. His scholarly work has appeared in Theater Journal, Shakespeare Bulletin, Black Camera, and the anthology Twentieth Century Representations of Beauty.
Martha Vickery is the editor and a co-founder of Korean Quarterly, a feature newspaper of the Korean American community, located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her educational background includes a Bachelor's in Journalism and English Literature from the Newhouse School of Public Communication, Syracuse University, and a Master's in Public Policy from Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota. She worked in small town and big city community journalism, and as a public relations writer before co-founding Korean Quarterly as a non-profit organization, along with a diverse group from the Korean American community, in 1997. She and her husband and fellow co-founder Stephen Wunrow, have three children, two of whom are Korean adoptees. She has been a featured speaker at conferences and meetings on topics ranging from community journalism and women in the media to Korean modern history and Koreans in Minnesota. She recently spoke for a group of middle and high school teachers for the Twin Cities-area program of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia. She is also a member and co-founder of Shinparam, a local Korean traditional drumming group.