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Elaine Kim to talk writing at Doe
Author and editor, a pioneer in Asian American literature and women's studies, will be featured in Berkeley Writers at Work series

11 October 2006

Elaine Kim

Elaine Kim, a professor of Asian American studies at Berkeley and an important figure in Asian American literature and culture for more than three decades, joins an illustrious list of authors this fall as the featured writer in the Berkeley Writers at Work series.

Launched in 1997, the series, which provides a forum in which writers can discuss all aspects of their craft - from gathering material through creating a mood and editing and revising - has previously featured such guests as Ronald Takaki, Robin Lakoff, Alan Dundes, Orville Schell, Robert Hass, Arlie and Adam Hochschild, and Michael Pollan. Kim, who will appear in the Morrison Library on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m., will read from her work, take part in an interview about her writing process, and answer questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public.

Kim writes on a wide range of subjects, including the visual arts, race relations, Korean literature, and feminism. The recipient of numerous awards, she has been lauded as "a scholar who has helped forge the fields of Asian American literature and women's studies." In addition to many articles, she has edited a number of important anthologies of Asian and Asian American literature and culture, including Echoes Upon Echoes: New Korean American Writing (Temple University Press, 2003) and Making More Waves: New Writing by Asian American Women (Beacon Press, 1997).

The Berkeley Writers at Work series is sponsored by the College Writing Programs, with support from the dean of the Undergraduate Division in the College of Letters and Science. For further information, contact the College Writing Programs at 642-5570, e-mail Steve Tollefson at tollef@berkeley.edu, or visit the program's website at writing.berkeley.edu/bwaw.