Suji Kwock Kim

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Suji Kwock Kim
Alma materYale College,
Iowa Writers' Workshop,
Seoul National University,
Yonsei University
GenrePoetry, Plays

Suji Kwock Kim (also S. K. Kim) is a Korean American poet-playwright.


She graduated from Yale College, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Seoul National University and Yonsei University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and Stanford University, where she was a Stegner Fellow.

Her work has been published in Best American Poetry, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New Statesman (U.K.), The Irish Examiner (Ireland), SLATE, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and Poetry, recorded for National Public Radio[1] and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and translated into Korean, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic, and Bengali.[2] [3] [4]

Music and theatre[edit]

Choral settings of her poems, composed by Mayako Kubo for the Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus, Chorusorganisation, Koreanische Frauengruppe Berlin, and Japanische Fraueninitiative Berlin, premiered at Pablo Casals Hall, Tokyo in December 2007. Vocal settings of her work, composed by Jerome Blais, premiered at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and were recorded by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in March 2007, she is co-author of Private Property, a multimedia play showcased at Playwrights Horizons (NY), produced at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (UK), and featured on BBC-TV.[5] [6]



  • Notes from the Divided Country (Louisiana State University Press, 2003)
  • Private Property (multimedia play, Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
  • "hwajon," "Flight," "Looking at a Yi Dynasty Rice Bowl" (texts for choral compositions by Mayako Kubo, Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus, 2007)
  • "Occupation," "Fragments of the Forgotten War," "Montage with Neon" (texts for compositions for voice and piano by Jerome Blais, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2007)


  • American Religious Poetry, ed. Harold Bloom. (Library of America, 2007)
  • American War Poetry: 1794-2004, ed. Lorrie Goldensohn. (Columbia University Press, 2006)
  • Asian-American Poetry: The Next Generation, ed. Victoria Chang. (University of Illinois Press, 2004)
  • Backpack Literature, ed. Dana Gioia. (Longman, 2006)
  • Berliner Anthologie (Alexander Verlag, in association with Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin, 2006)
  • Best American Poetry 2018. (Scribner, 2018)
  • Best American Poetry 2016. (Scribner, 2016)
  • Century of the Tiger: 20th Century Korean Literature. (University of Hawaii Press, 2003)
  • Contemporary American Poetry. (Penguin, 2004)
  • Contemporary American Poetry in Russian Translation. (Dalkey Archive and OSI Publishers, Moscow, 2008, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and U.S. Embassy in Russia)
  • Crossing State Lines: An American Renga. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011)
  • Echoes Upon Echoes: New Korean American Writing, ed. Elaine Kim. (Temple University Press, 2003)
  • The Future Dictionary of America, ed. Dave Eggers and Vendetta Veda. (McSweeney's, 2004)
  • The Griffin Prize Anthology. (House of Anansi Press, Toronto, 2004)
  • Inside Literature. (Longman, 2007)
  • An Introduction to Poetry. (Longman, 2012)
  • The Koreas, Charles Armstrong. (Routledge, 2013)
  • Language for a New Century: Contemporary Voices from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond. (Norton, 2008)
  • Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century. (Sarabande, 2006)
  • Lineas Conectadas: Nueva Poesia de los Estates Unidos. (Sarabande, 2006, in Spanish translation, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and U.S. Embassy in Mexico)
  • Literature: A Pocket Anthology. (Penguin, 2017)
  • Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. (Longman, 2017)
  • A Mingling of Waters. (Supernova P&D Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata|Kolkata, India, 2008, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in India, USKLE, and 2008 Kolkata Book Fair)
  • The Paris Review Book for Planes, Trains, Elevators and Waiting Rooms. (Picador, 2004)
  • Poet's Choice. (Harcourt, 2006)
  • Poetry: A Pocket Anthology. (Penguin, 2004)
  • Poetry For Students. (Thomson Gale, 2006)
  • Poetry On Record, 1888-2006: 98 Poets Read Their Work. (Shout Factory/ Sony Music, 2006)
  • Poetry 30. (University of West Virginia Press, 2005)


External links[edit]

  • Suji Kwock Kim Website
  • National Public Radio interview
  • "Poet's Choice", Washington Post, Robert Pinsky, August 27, 2006
  • Profile at The Whiting Foundation
  • Griffin Poetry Prize biography
  • Griffin Poetry Prize reading, including video clip
  • 2005 University of California at Berkeley video clip
  • National Book Festival (Library of Congress) profile and video clip
  • "Writing In the New Year; New Year at the Demilitarized Zone". New York Times. December 31, 2003.