Heinz Insu Fenkl

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Heinz Insu Fenkl (born 1960) is an author, editor, translator, and folklorist. He is also an expert on North Korean comics.

Academic work[edit]

Fenkl is an associate professor of English and Asian Studies at SUNY New Paltz, where he currently teaches creative writing in addition to courses on Asian literature, film, and folklore.

He has taught a wide array of creative writing, folklore, literature, and Asian American studies courses at Vassar College, Eastern Michigan University, and Sarah Lawrence College. He was also a core faculty member for the Milton Avery M.F.A. Program at Bard College and has taught at Yonsei University in Korea.


Fenkl's publications include: Memories of My Ghost Brother, an autobiographical novel about growing up in Korea as an impoverished bi-racial child in the 1960s. He is also the author of Korean Folktales (2007). His publisher Bo-Leaf Books wrote, "What Italo Calvino did for Italian folktales and Jack Zipes did for Grimms' fairy tales in America, master storyteller Heinz Insu Fenkl achieves for Korean folklore."


Fenkl received his A.B. in English from Vassar College in 1982 and his M.A. in English/Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis, in 1984. He was raised in Korea and (in his later years) Germany and the United States. He lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife and daughter.


  • Fenkl, Heinz Insu (1996). Memories of my ghost brother. New York: Dutton. 
  • — (2008). Korean folktales : in the old, old days, when tigers smoked tobacco pipes. Bo-Leaf Books. 

Short fiction[edit]

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected Notes
Five arrows 2015 Fenkl, Heinz Insu (August 3, 2015). "Five arrows". The New Yorker. 91 (22): 58–65. Retrieved 2016-03-22. 

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