So J. Lee

So J. Lee graduated magna cum laude in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where they won the Dorothy Rosenberg Prize in Lyric Poetry and scholarships for their research on Oh Jung-hee and Toni Morrison. They received a two-year fellowship to attend the LTI Korea Translation Academy.

Their grant-winning translation of Choi Jin-young’s To the Warm Horizon and Lee Hyemi’s Unexpected Vanilla have appeared in Words Without Borders, Modern Poetry in Translation, Asymptote, and more. Their next book projects are Heo Su-gyeong’s Time of Bronze, Time of Potatoes and Lee Soho’s Catcalling.

Lee is the creator of chogwa, a quarterly e-zine featuring one Korean poem and multiple English translations. They have also provided English subtitles for One, Two, Queer, and Four! and Chalna: Enough Time to Fall in Love.

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  • Organizer and host of chogwa issue 2 reading!potluck!gabfest! in Mangwondong, Seoul – December 2019
  • Reader at ALTA42 Translation LitCrawl in Rochester, NY – November 2019
  • Reader at LTI Korea Translation Academy GraduationJune 2019
  • Organizer and host of Smoking Tigers x Words Without Borders Queer Bilingual Reading / 퀴어문학 한영 낭독회 in Mangwondong, Seoul – June 2019
  • Performer at All Hail: The 2nd Drag King Contest in Seogyodong, Seoul – May 2019
  • Organizer and host of Damaged Goods screening in Yongsandong, Seoul – April 2019