Yideum, Kim

Kim Yideum © Wikimedia Commons

Kim Yideum, born in 1969 in Jinju, South Korea, studied German literature and earned a doctorate in Korean literature at Gyeongsang National University. She writes polyphonic, wild, feminist poetry teeming with quirky personnel. With eroticism, sarcasm and dissonance, with dirty sentences and a maximum of lyrical energy, she exposes the encrusted structures of patriarchy, not only in Korea. Kim Yideum is a professor at Hanyang Women’s Univeristy in Seoul, runs the Book Café Yideum, and edits her own publication series. Her poetry collection Hysteria was the first book translated from an Asian language into English to win the National Translation Award, and the first book to also recieve the Lucien Stryk Prize.

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