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June literature night: DMZ Colony by Don Mee Choi

The KCC’s literature nights resume in virtual form after a lockdown break. June’s book is selected for its relevance to the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War.

DMZ Colony by Don Mee Choi

DMZ ColonyThursday 25 June 2020, 7pm on Zoom
Participation Free – Booking Essential
Apply to [email protected] or call 020 7004 2600 with your name and contact details by Monday 1 June, or register on the KCC website.
The booking system utilises a lottery based programme that picks names at random, once the final selection has been drawn the KCC will send you an e-mail regarding the result of the selection.
Please note that you will need to provide full postal address once you have received your confirmation e-mail in order to receive a book for the event. The link to join the discussion will be emailed prior to the session.

About the book

Woven from poems, prose, photographs, and drawings, Don Mee Choi’s DMZ Colony is a tour de force of personal and political reckoning set over eight acts. Evincing the power of translation as a poetic device to navigate historical and linguistic borders, it explores Edward Said’s notion of “the intertwined and overlapping histories” .Like its sister book, Hardly War, it holds history accountable, it’s very presence a resistance to empire and a hope in humankind. Here are excerpts from DMZ Colony from Granta.

About the Author

Choi was born in Seoul, South Korea, and lived in Hong Kong before moving to the United States. She is the author of the poetry collections DMZ Colony (Wave Books, 2020), Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016), and The Morning News Is Exciting (Action Books, 2010). Choi is also known for her work as a translator of contemporary Korean poetry, including Kim Hyesoon’s Autobiography of Death (New Directions, 2018), which received the 2019 Griffin International Poetry Prize. She currently serves as an advisory editor for Action Books: Korean Literature Series and teaches at Renton Technical College.

About the Moderator

Steve J Fowler is a writer and artist who works in poetry, fiction, theatre, film, photography, visual art, sound art and performance. He is a lecturer in Creative Writing and English Literature at Kingston University, teaches at Tate Modern, Poetry School and Photographer’s Gallery. He is the director of Writers’ Centre Kingston and the European Poetry Festival.


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