September’s literature discussion at the KCC looks at Kim Yideum’s award-winning poetry collection:
By Kim Yideum, translated by Jake Levine, Soeun Seo, Hedgie Choi
Wednesday 29 September 12:00PM-1:30PM (UK time) via Zoom
Apply to [email protected] with your name and contact details by 15th September 2021
The event is free of charge. The first thirty people who RSVP will also receive a copy of the book posted to their home.
The Poet Kim Yideum and the moderator Steven J. Fowler will join us for a live virtual talk about her poetry collection ‘Hysteria.’ Following the talk, Kim Yideum will respond to questions from the audience.
Kim Yideum’s second collection to appear in English continues to evoke the grotesqueries of her first work, while simultaneously delving further into the materiality of everyday life. Through an overflowing that echoes fellow feminist poet Kim Hyesoon, and a blunt, down to earth language that is unique to the poems, HYSTERIA rides through the surface of wage labor, patriarchy, and subsistence, proceeding through a variety of personas, human and otherwise, along an intensity that demands to be seen as it is, to be taken at face value.
Hysteria has won the 2020 National Translation Award (NTA) presented by the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA).
Kim Yideum is the author of 7 collections of poetry, 1 short fiction book and 2 books of essays. For the last year she has run a café and social space called Book Café Yideum. In October she started her own publication, Paper Yideum, which she runs out of the café. The first issue was a theme issue that included the work of 8 young Korean writers living in America. Her first book in English, CHEER UP, FEMME FATALE, was published by Action Books in 2015, and HYSTERIA in 2019.
Steven J. Fowler
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.