Reading and Dialogue with Novelist Pyun, Hye-Young

Reading - Literary | April 26 | 4:30-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Hye-Young Pyun, Myongji University

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Literature Translation Institute of Korea

Pyun Hye-Young was born in Seoul, Korea in 1972. She majored in creative writing at Seoul Institute of the Arts and earned a graduate degree in Korean Literature at Hanyang University. She is currently a professor of creative writing at Myongji University.

She made her literary debut in 2000 with her short story “Shaking off Dew”. She has published several collection of short stories, including Aoi Garden (2005), To the Kennels (2007), An Evening Proposal (2011) and The night passes (2013) as well as novels such as City of ashes and red (2010), Gone to the forest in the west (2012) and The Hole (2016). An Evening Proposal (Dalkey Archive, 2016), The Hole (Arcade publishing, 2017) and City of Ashes and Red (Arcade publishing, 2018) were published in English too. In her restrained, yet grounded writing style, Pyun Hye-Young’s works portray the insecurities of contemporary man and point to the hole of social system for causing this sense of alienation and isolation. She is noted for renewing herself piece by piece and building her own unique world of writing in the process.

She received some of the top literary accolades in Korea including Hankook Ilbo Literary Award (2007), Yi Hyo-Seok Literary Award (2009), Dong-in Literary Award (2011), Yi Sang Literary Award (2014) and Hyundai Literary Award (2015). She won the Shirley Jackson Award (2017) in the United States.

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