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Don Mee Choi at REDCAT

January 19, 8:30 PM9:30 PM PST


Don Mee Choi is a markedly influential figure in contemporary experimental poetry, combining the visual, the documentary, and the lyrical in her highly acclaimed books. Choi’s Kor-Us Trilogy (Hardly WarDMZ Colony, and the forthcoming Mirror Nation) intertwines her family history with the troubled and complex modern history of South Korea and its long entanglement with the power and ambitions of the United States. 2024’s Katie Jacobson Writer in Residence, Choi has already received some of the highest honors a literary artist can achieve—the National Book Award for 2020’s DMZ Colony and a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in recognition of her work in poetry and in the field of translation, where she’s introduced many English readers to some of the most innovative poets working in South Korea today. This evening of immersion in Choi’s work at REDCAT reflects how she expands our understanding of what poetry can do, while challenging us to experience the many layers of personal and cultural experience we call history.

The program includes a post-event reception and book signing.

Virtual option available.

[Choi’s] writing has showed me that discomfort is neither cruel nor condemnation, but a passageway towards freedom, or towards becoming feral, or freely frayed.

Christine Shan Shan Hou, Lit Hub
Presented by REDCAT, the MFA Program in Creative Writing of the California Institute of the Arts, the Katie Jacobson Writer in Residence Program, and GYOPO.



January 19
8:30 PM – 9:30 PM PST
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