Yi Sang House, Seoul

1 June 2011

The Conversations with Yi Sang project, co-organised by artist Jooyoung Lee (pictured above), seeks to interrogate, engage with and memorialise the work of controversial twentieth-century Korean poet Yi Sang.

Located in the building in which Yi Sang once lived, the project focuses on both the reclamation of the physical structure as well as a site for multi-arts collaboration.

All this is set against the backdrop of a dabang or coffee house, which functions as a literary and artistic salon, sustained by contributions from its patrons paying for mulberry tea and whisky (double) with coffee.

Visit the Conversations with Yi Sang website.

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Ivy Alvarez

About Ivy Alvarez

Ivy Alvarez is the author of The Everyday English Dictionary (London: Paekakariki Press, 2016), Hollywood Starlet (Chicago: dancing girl press), Disturbance (Wales: Seren, 2013) and Mortal. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work appears in many publications, including Best Australian Poems (2009 and 2013), with several poems translated into Russian, Spanish, Japanese and Korean. Born in Manila and raised in Tasmania, she lived many years in Wales before moving to New Zealand in 2014.


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