Choi Dongho from Korea honored with Gjenima Prize for Literature

Los Angeles, California, December 24, 2021 – ( – Mundus Artium Press announces the 2021 Gjenima Prize awarded to Korean poet, critic and scholar Choi Dongho.

Created in 2004, the annual Gjenima Prize rewards the creator of an important body of literary works or of a single major literary achievement that has played a role in current history.

Choi Dongho personally received the award from the chairman of the Gjenima Prize committee, Dr. Gjeke Marinaj, at a ceremony held on October 5 at Korea University in Seoul.

The ceremony included congratulations from Korea University President Jintaek Jeong, as well as introductory remarks by Byeong-ho Jeong, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and Seong-ho Yoo, Dean of the College of Humanities at the University. by Hanyang.

Emeritus professor of Korean language and literature, having started teaching at Korea University in 1988, Choi Dongho served as president of the Society of Korean Poets, as well as founding president of Korea’s Poetry Loving Society.

He is currently the director of the Hoam Foundation, a leading Korean organization supporting academic and research activities in science and culture.

Active as a critic for 40 years, Choi Dongho devotes himself more and more to poetry. Her latest collection, Monarch Butterfly (Mundus Artium Press, 2021), features English translations of poems selected from volumes published in Korean over several decades.

Anthologies of Choi Dongho’s poetry have also been published in translation in Russia, Mongolia and Romania.

Published with support from the Daesan Foundation for the International Promotion of Korean Literature, Monarch Butterfly has been acclaimed for “the succinct and evocative intensity” which “emanates from skillful mental concentration” and “deliberately guides the reader through a new way of knowing who leaves typical conventions, ”as noted in a review of the book by Daily Press.

Choi Dongho’s poetry expresses a Buddhist worldview. He has established himself as a supporter of what he calls “extreme lyrical poetry”, or guekseojeongsi in Korean. Characterized by conciseness and inclusion of dramatic elements alongside lyricism and spiritual orientation, extreme lyrical poetry represents an effort to reclaim Korean poetic traditions in the wake of the popularity of deconstructionism.

Recognized as the heir to the legacy of the great modern Korean poets Cho Chi-hu and Jeong Ji-yong, Choi Dongho fully embodies the vision of the Gjenima Prize of “the majestic spirit of writing for the sake of the race. human ”.

Choi Dongho has been a visiting scholar at UCLA and Waseda University, and has participated in the University of Iowa’s international writing program.

Its main prizes and accolades include the Modern Buddhist, Daesan, Park Dujin, Gosan Yun Sundo, Yusim and Kim Satgot Literary Prizes, as well as the Manhae Grand Prize for Literature and Art. He participated in the Nobel Prize-giving ceremony in December 2011, becoming the first Korean writer officially invited by the Nobel Committee to do so.

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