Oz-Ko Tour(s)


Cordite Poetry Review, together with the Asialink Writing Program and the Korea Language Translation Institute, is bringing four of Korea’s best-loved poets to Australia in August 2011. The visit, which is timed to coincide with the release of Cordite 35.2: Ozko (Hanguk-Hoju), echoes the spirit of the Ozko tour of Korea in May and will give Australian audiences an opportunity to experience the richness of Korea’s poetic traditions.


황동규 (Hwang Tong-gyu)

HWANG Tong gyu (b. 1938) was born in Seoul, studied and taught English Literature at Seoul National University. His poetry collections include A Clear Day (1961), Snow Falling in Samnam (1975), When I See a Wheel, I Want to Make It Roll (1978), A Journey to Morundae (1991), Wind Burial (1995); A Love Song, Berkeley Style (2000), There Was the Moments When I Depended on Coincidence (2003), Silence of Flowers (2006) 00:05, Winter Night (2009). He is the recipient of numerous honors, including Korean Literature Award (1980), Isan Literature Prize (1991), and Midang Literature Prize (2002), etc. His poetry, describing new awareness attained in the process of continual opening to the outer world and sincere conversation with the self, has always invited readers to participate in the process of awakening.

박라연 (Park Ra Youn)

Park Ra Youn (b. 1951) was born in Bosung, South Jeolla Province. She studied Korean Literature at Korea National Open University and got Ph. D at Wonkwang University. She made her literary debut in 1990. Her poetry collections include Pyunggang Princess Living in Seoul (1991), A Man Peeling off Raw Chestnuts (1993), While I Live Renting You (1996), My Garden in the Air (2000), The Cosmos Passed Away (2006), Light’s P.O Box (2009). Her poetry continually reflects and finds the meaning of life even in the most desolate world. Her delicate words appealing to the sentiments of the public have been woven into beautiful lyric lines where sadness and happiness, pain and delight of life mix altogether.

김기택 (Kim Ki-taek)

KIM Ki-taek (b. 1957) was born in Anyang and made his literary debut in 1989. His major works include Fetal Sleep (1991), Storm in the Eye of a Needle (1994), Administrative Staff (1999), Ox (2005), and Gum (2009). He won various literary prizes with the poetry books such as Kim Sooyoung Literary Award (1995), Hyundae Literary Award (2000), and also published a few children‚Äôs books. In his poetry, the poet has focused on human physicality and the relationship between the body and the violence inflicted upon it. Upon the question “why do you write a poem?” he answers it is a way of enduring himself, of euduring materialized violence, of enduring everyday life.

박형준 (Park Hyung Jun)

Park Hyung Jun (b. 1966) was born in Jeongup and studied creative writing at Seoul Institute of the Arts. He made his literary debut with the poem “The Power of Furniture” in 1991. His poetry collections include Now I will Speak of Extinction (1994), Mirror that Smells of Bread (1997), The Blades Grow On Into Water (2002) and Dance (2005). In a low voice, he has awakened the forgotten sensibility of contemporary life. While reading his poems, readers would be invited to enjoy his dexterous manipulation of Korean language.


Thanks to the generous support of the the Australian International Cultural Council and the Asialink Centre at the University of Melbourne, three Australian poets were chosen to undertake a tour of Korea in May 2011. The chosen poets were Ivy Alvarez, Terry Jaensch and Barry Hill. These three poets were hosted for two weeks by the Seoul Art Space (Yeonhui), a writer’s retreat nestled in the hills near Seodamun-gu in Seoul. The Yeonhui space is an initiative of the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture. During their stay, the poets met with fellow Oz-Ko contributors from Korea, attended the Seoul International Forum for Literature, and created new works based on their experiences.


Ivy Alvarez

Ivy Alvarez is the author of Mortal (Red Morning Press, 2006). Her poems feature in anthologies, journals and new media in many countries, including Best Australian Poems 2009, and have been translated into Russian, Spanish and Japanese. The recipient of several awards, prizes and residencies, she has received funding towards the writing of her second book of poems from the Australia Council of the Arts. During 2010, she was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chester, after which she wrote a series of poems for her third book at St Fagans National History Museum, thanks to support from the Welsh Academi. In 2008, Wales Arts International supported her participation through readings and workshops at the Booranga Writers Centre in Wagga Wagga and ‘The Wanderer’ performance and response project for the Critical Animals symposium in Newcastle, New South Wales. Fundación Valparaíso also invited her to attend a writing residency in Spain that year. In 2005, she received residency fellowships from MacDowell Colony (USA) and Hawthornden Castle (UK). She also accepted an Arvon Foundation bursary and the honour of Special Poetry Guest to Dublin’s Trinity College/Florida International University poetry summer program in 2004. That same year, her poem ‘earth’ appears in the Australian/Pacific Region Literacy Placement Test for Scholarships, initially selected from the anthology Moorilla Mosaic: Contemporary Tasmanian Writing. In addition to poetry, she also writes plays, reviews and articles, and has served on the editorial board of a number of journals, including the Asia-Pacific Writers Network [apwn], Cordite Poetry Review and qarrtsiluni. Born in the Philippines, Ivy Alvarez grew up in Tasmania, Australia. She is currently resident in Cardiff, Wales, having previously lived in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

Terry Jaensch

Terry Jaensch is an Australian poet/actor and monologist. His first book, Buoy, was published in 2001 (FIP) and shortlisted for the Anne Elder Award by the Fellowship of Australian Writers. He has worked as Writer-in-Community, Poetry Editor (Cordite) Artist-in-Residence, Dramaturge, Artistic Director of the 2005 Emerging Writers’ Festival, poetry teacher and in a variety of arts/community and local government programming positions. In 2004 he wrote and recorded 15 monologues based on his childhood in a Ballarat orphanage for ‘Life Matters’ ABC Radio – since reworked and performed for theatre as ‘Orphan’s Own Project’. He was awarded an Asialink residency in Singapore where he worked collaboratively with poet Cyril Wong. The resulting work, Excess Baggage & Claim (transitlounge publishing), was launched in 2007. He has won awards including the Melbourne Poet’s Union International Poetry Prize, the Victorian Writers’ Centre Poetry Slam and was on the winning team of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival Poetry Slam. His work has been anthologized, most recently in Out of the Box: Contemporary Australian Gay and Lesbian Poets (Puncher and Wattmann) and published in journals nationally and in the US, Germany, Japan, Singapore and India. His poems have been translated into Bengali and interpreted through classical Indian dance. He has a background in acting, having studied at the Herbert Berghof Studio and Stella Adler conservatory in New York.

Barry Hill

Barry Hill is a distinguished Australian writer in several genres. He has won Premier’s Awards for poetry, history, non-fiction and the essay, and in 2009 was short-listed for the Melbourne Prize for Literature. His fiction has been widely anthologized, he has written extensively for radio, and his first libretto, ‘Love Strong as Death,’ was performed at the Studio, at the Sydney Opera House in 2002. He is possibly best known for his monumental, multi-award winner, Broken Song: TGH Strehlow and Aboriginal Possession (Knopf 2002)— ‘one of the great Australian books,’ (Professor John Mulvaney) and ‘a landmark event in the history of Australian high culture.’ (Professor Robert Manne). His poetry regularly appears in the annual editions of The Best Australian Poems. Of his most recent books of poems, As We Draw Ourselves, was short-listed for the 2008 Victorian Premier’s Awards, and Necessity: Poems 1996-2006 won the Australian Capital Territory’s 2008 Judith Wright Prize. Between 1998 and 2008, he was Poetry Editor of The Australian. He has recently completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Melbourne. He has been writing full-time since 1975, and lives by the sea in Queenscliff, southern Australia, with his wife, the singer-songwriter, Rose Bygrave.

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