Ji-Woo Hwang was born in 1952 and studied aesthetics and philosophy at college in the early 70's. He began to publish poems in 1980 and has since written seven books of poetry. For his work, Hwang has received many of Korea's most prestigious literary awards. Won-Chung Kim is a professor of English Literature at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea. He is the co-translator of Heart's Agony by Chiha Kim and is currently translatiing an anthology of Korean nature poets. Christopher Merrill has published four collection of poetry, including Watch Fire and is the author of several books of non-fiction inclusing the recent, Things of a Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain. He has translated work from several languages and his works include Anxious Moments by Ales Debeljak. He directs the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.
Christopher Merrill has published six collections of poetry, including Watch Fire, for which he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; many edited volumes and translations; and six books of nonfiction, among them, Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars, Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain, The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War, and Self-Portrait with Dogwood. As director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa since 2000, Merrill has conducted cultural diplomacy missions to more than fifty countries.