Born in 1973 in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, novelist Yoon Sung-hee graduated from Chongju University majoring philosophy. She made her debut with her short story "The House Made of Lego'' in 1999 through the Dong-A Ilbo Literary Contest.
Famous for her simple, yet strong literary style, Yoon's works have been recognized by feted awards, including the Contemporary Literature Award and the Yi Sang Literature Award.
Some of the most famous works, such as `` The Coat with 33 Buttons'' and ``Stairs,'' were carried in the publisher Hyundai Munhak's ``The Best Novel of the Year by Critics'' for four consecutive years, while her novel ``You, There?" was made into the movie ``Heartbreak Library'' starring Eugene and Lee Dong-wook in 2008.
Poet and professor Kim Hye-soon was born in 1955 at Uljin, North Gyeongsang Province. She graduated from Konkuk University majoring Korean literature and started writing poems from there.
Her literary career took off when she debuted with her poem ``The Corpse that Smokes Cigarettes'' in 1979. In 1997, she received the Kim Su-young Literature Award and also the Korean Poetry Award in 2000. Some of her poems were translated into English and were introduced to America through the book ``Mommy Must be a Fountain of Feathers'' last year and received positive reviews.
Kim is renowned for her speedy pace and distinctive images projected in her work, particularly writing poems about death. She is currently a professor at the Creative Writing department of Seoul Institute of the Arts.
Jeon Gyeong-rin was born in 1962 in Haman, South Gyeongsang Province and she graduated from Kyungpook National University as a German literature major. She debuted with a novel "Desert Moon," which was selected as a winner of a Dong-A Ilbo literary award in 1995.
She has written such novels including ``A Woman Tending Goats," ``A Station of Water" among others. She has also published long-length novels such as "Once in a Lifetime Day," "A Nowhere Man," ``I Wander on the Strange Seas on a Boat Made of Glass." She has won numerous literary awards including Hankook Ilbo literary award.
Born in 1931 in Gyeonggi Province, Park is a renowned veteran Korean writer.
Having entered Seoul National University, she had to quit midway because of the Korean War (1950-1953). She then debuted in 1970, at the age of 40, with a novel "The Naked Tree."
A prolific writer, she is still active and forms a pillar in Korean literature scene. Park has had other works translated in foreign languages including: "My Very Last Possession and Other Stories," "A Sketch of the Fading Sun," "Weather Blossom" and "Who Ate all the Singa?"