Readings from Glacier Lily
and Other Poems

Chungmi Kim

[May 4, 2012]

6PM to 8PM

25 West 43rd Street, Room 1000
between 5th & 6th Avenues, Manhattan



Poet/playwright Chungmi Kim will talk about her journey as a Korean American poet/playwright. She will read poems from her second book of poetry, Glacier Lily (Red Hen Press, 2004). Rooted in her bi-cultural experiences, her poems depict many aspects of her life in Korea and America with deep emotion and keen observation. Haunted between the two worlds, her speaker in a poem says, “They call me/a marginal being/an island/between the continents/transplanted /in this Pac Mac culture/from the land of morning calm.” Her solitary quest for wanting “home” never ends.

Also, Kim will talk about the process of writing her play, Comfort Women, and its productions by Urban Stages in New York and Nabi Theater Company in Korea. The Japanese Imperial Forces abducted thousands of young women during World War II to be used as sex slaves, known euphemistically as “comfort women.” This play depicts the dramatic collision of past and present when a young Korean NYU student and her grandmother meet two surviving “comfort women” from Korea during the 1994 UN protests.





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