De Gids reading 2023
The acclaimed poet and translator Don Mee Choi is coming to Amsterdam to give the 2023 Guide Lecture. Her lecture My hardly English is about multilingualism and is in line with the special issue of the literary magazine De Gids, which will be published on November 2. You can attend the lecture in Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond. The working language for this lecture is English.
About Don Mee Choi and her work
Don Mee Choi, born in Seoul, South Korea, wrote the poetry collections 'DMZ Colony', 'Hardly War' and 'The Morning News is Exciting'. Her work has been recognized with the National Book Award and she has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, MacArthur, Lannan and many others. Today she lives in Berlin, where, in addition to her poetry, she translates Korean poetry into English.
Don Mee Choi grew up in the military dictatorship in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that was installed in 1953, following the Korean War and 35 years of Japanese occupation. Her multilingualism is not without friction: for Don Mee Choi, the English language is inextricably linked to American imperialism and militaristic violence.
In addition to Don Mee Choi's lecture, the Sri-Lankan-Australian-Flemish artist Ahilan Ratnamohan will give a performance and a short film by artist Nicoline van Harskamp will be shown. Multilingualism expert and poet Mia You will introduce the afternoon and 2 poets will recite the poems they wrote especially for 'De Gids'.
Please note: the end time is an indication.
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