Next Picador Reading with Don Mee Choi on Dec 1, 2021

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 19:00 to 20:30

Please join us for Picador Professor Don Mee Choi’s reading, “War, Resistance, Poetry,” on Wednesday, December 1 at 7pm! Don Mee Choi will read from her books Hardly War and DMZ Colony. The reading will be followed by a conversation with scholar and podcaster Sung Un Gang on writing, translating, and her time as a Picador Guest Professor. The event will be held in English and streamed on YouTube (please click here). The event is free and open to the public. If you want to receive a reminder and the link via email, please register here

The reading is presented by the Picador Guest Professorship for Literture in cooperation with Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Koreanisches Kulturzentrum, and Koreaverband. The Picador Guest Professoship is a private-pubic cooperation by Leipzig University, Holtzbrinck Berlin - Inspire Together, and the German Academic Exchange Service. You can find out more about the guest professorship on

The current Picador Professor Don Mee Choi is the author of DMZ Colony (Wave Books, 2020), which won the 2020 National Book Award. It was also the finalist for the 2021 T.S. Eliot Four Quartets Prize. Her other books include Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016), The Morning News Is Exciting (Action Books, 2010), and several pamphlets of poems and essays. She has received the 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry, 2019 International Griffin Poetry Prize for her translation of Kim Hyesoon’s Autobiography of Death (New Directions, 2018), 2019 DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Fellowship, 2016 Lannan Literary Fellowship, 2012 & 2019 Lucien Stryk Translation Prize, and 2011 Whiting Award for Poetry. Most recently she has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2021 MacArthur Grant. Choi’s poetry incorporates photos by her father, a war photographer, and other visual and archival materials in order to explore the overlapping histories of Korea and the US. More of Choi’s books, translations, and interdisciplinary arts projects can be seen on her website.

Sung Un Gang is a research associate in the Department of Korean Studies at the University of Bonn and a Ph. D. candidate in the Department of Theater and Media Culture Studies at the University of Cologne. He examines the politics of the public discourse surrounding female audiences during the colonial era. He studied German literature at the University of Bonn (M.A.) and Seoul National University (B.A.) with two grants by DAAD. He was a junior fellow at the International Center for Korean Studies at Kyujanggak Institute (2018) and a scholarship holder of a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for Humanities Cologne (2015-2018). He is producing a monthly interview podcast with queer Asians in Germany entitled “Bin ich süßsauer?”


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