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Korean poet to do "Lunch Poems" reading

10 April 2006

ATTENTION: Feature, book and Asian news editors and writers

Contact: Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations
(510) 643-5651 kmaclay@berkeley.edu

A reading by renowned Korean poet Ko Un at "Lunch Poems," a noontime poetry reading series at the University of California, Berkeley. The well-known series, begun in 1996, is under the direction of Robert Hass, UC Berkeley professor of English and U.S. Nobel Poet laureate.

Un is a poet, novelist, ex-monk, former dissident, four-time political prisoner and literary critic who embraces Buddhism. His work reflects 70 years of South Korean history, including the Japanese occupation, the Korean War and democracy.

Un's poetry will be translated into English by local poet and translator Richard Silberg. Allen Ginsberg called Un "a combination of Buddhist cognoscente, passionate political libertarian, and naturalist historian."

12:10 p.m., Tuesday, April 25

Morrison Library in Doe Library, near the center of campus

Un's latest collection of poetry is "The Three Way Tavern," published by UC Press. A photo of Un is available online at: http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/download/.

Lunch Poems is free and open to the public.