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The War Still Within: Poems of the Korean Disapora

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Poet Tanya Ko Hong will read from her latest book of poems, The War Still Within: Poems of the Korean Diaspora (Kyso Flash, 2019).

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Poet Tanya Ko Hong will read from her latest book of poems, The War Still Within: Poems of the Korean Diaspora (Kyso Flash, 2019). Dedicated to “all the women everywhere who have lost their names,” this book celebrates the courage of women to speak their truth and acknowledges the suffering of those who never could. Part historical imagining of Japan’s so-called “comfort women” during World War II, part personal claiming of her own experiences with immigration and motherhood, and part exploration of identity across two languages, The War Still Within weaves together two cultures and gives voice to generations of Korean and Korean-American women.

Tanya (Hyonhye) Ko Hong, poet, translator and cultural curator, is the author of five books, most recently, The War Still Within: Poems of the Korean Diaspora (Kyso Flash, 2019) and Mother to Myself: A collection of poems in Korean (Prunsasang Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in Rattle, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cultural Weekly, great weather for MEDIA, Korea Central Daily News, the Aeolian Harp Series Anthology and more. Her poem “Comfort Woman” received honorable mention in the 2015 Women’s National Book Association. She is the winner of the Yun Doon-ju Korean American Literature Award, Pushcart Prize nominee and was a finalist for the 2018 Frontier Chapbook Contest. Tanya holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Tanya, who writes in both English and Korean, is an ongoing advocate of bilingual poetry, promoting the work of immigrant. www.tanyakohong.com

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