Poet Don Mee Choi to Give Lecture, Reading

April 05, 2018

Don Mee ChoiMISSOULA – The University of Montana Creative Writing program will host visiting writer Don Mee Choi at noon Friday, April 13, to give a lecture titled “Translation is a mode=Translation is an anti-neocolonial mode” in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall. She also will give a reading of her poetry that evening at 7 p.m., also in Turner Hall.

Both events are free and open to the public, sponsored by the UM Creative Writing program President’s Writers-in-Residence Series.

Choi was born in Seoul and came to the U.S. via Hong Kong. She is the author of “Hardly War,” “The Morning News is Exciting,” a chapbook titled “Petite Manifesto” and a Wave pamphlet titled “Freely Frayed.” She has received a Whiting Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a Lucien Stryk Translation Prize.

Her translations of contemporary Korean female poets include the collections “Anxiety of Words,” “Mommy Must Be a Fountain of Feathers,” “All the Garbage of the World, Unite!” “Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream,” “Poor Love Machine” and the forthcoming “Autobiography of Death.”

Choi currently is co-translating with Joyelle McSweeney Yi Sang’s short stories and co-editing with Joshua Beckman a book of Yi Sang’s poetry and prose, forthcoming from Wave Books.

For more information call Karin Schalm, Creative Writing program coordinator, at 406-243-5267, email karin.schalm@umontana.edu or visit http://hs.umt.edu/creativewriting/

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Contact: Karin Schalm, UM Creative Writing program coordinator, 406-243-5267, karin.schalm@umontana.edu.