Hwang Jung-eun

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Hwang Jung Eun
Born 1976 (age 41–42)
Language Korean
Nationality South Korean
Korean name
Revised Romanization Hwang Jeong-eun
McCune–Reischauer Hwang Chŏng'ŭn

Hwang Jung Eun (born 1976) is a South Korean writer and podcast celebrity.[1]


Author Hwang Jung Eun was born in 1976 at Seoul, South Korea. Hwang learned Korean at a younger age than most kids and was very skilled in learning new words (Kyeonggi Ilbo). She started writing her collection of books after short story <Mother> being selected in the Novel Field of 2005 Kyunghyang Sinmun Annual Spring Literary Contest.


After her debut, Hwang won the 2010 Hanguk Ilbo Literature Award and through her "Into the World of Passi" won the Shing Dong Yeob Literature award in 2013. Hwang also hosted two podcasts. One was the "Author's Room" section of the 2012 Sound of Munjang and the other one was the “Radio Book Dabang” from January 2013 to May 2015. Her latest book "Let Me Continue" is also available as an audio book which is a service provided by ‘The Book’ (Simin Ilbo). Hwang has one work translated into English by Asia Publisher, titled Kong’s Garden and was one of four featured speakers at a bilingual author’s roundtable in Myeongdong Seoul on September 12, 2015 [2]

Korean Literature Now Magazine sums Hwangs work up:

Hwang perceptively portrays the pain of those living in a space that cannot possibly be represented by the word “slum,” a space always in danger of falling into ruin. She illustrates the fiery trace of lives that cannot be compensated for, and life’s suffering that cannot be converted into money. The stories from her collection The Seven Thirty-two Elephant Train also depict the marginalized pushed out to the edge of the city lines. Her stories lend voice to the small, frail voices drowned out by the extravagant noise of the city and the groaning of the masses barely audible under the sound of cell phones and TVs—voices so painful to hear that one is tempted to cover the ears. Her stories contain these disappearing voices. Hwang Jung-eun’s novels are an open-mic rally for the homeless and the abandoned children.



  • 2010 Novel 《One hundred Shadows》 won Hanguk Ilbo Literature Award
  • 2012 Short story <Mr. Pah's Introduction> won Shin Dong-yep Literature Award
  • 2013 Short story <Eagles In The Upper Stream> won The Young Authors Prize
  • 2015 Novel 《I'll Go On》 won Daesan Literature Award
  • 2017 Short-novel 《The man who laughs》 won Kim Yujung Literature Award

Works in Korean (partial)[edit]


  • 《One Hundred Shadows》 (百의 그림자, 민음사, 2010) Translated as One hundred shadows, Tilted Axis Press, 2016
  • 《Barbaric Mr. Alice》(야만적인 앨리스씨, 문학동네, 2013)
  • 《I'll Go On》(계속해보겠습니다, 창비, 2014) Translated as I'll go on, Tilted Axis Press, 2018

Short story/novel collections[edit]

  • 《The Seven Thirty-two Elephant Train》 (일곱시 삼십이분 코끼리열차, 문학동네, 2008)
  • 《Mr. Pah's Introduction》 (파씨의 입문, 창비, 2012)
  • 《No One》 (아무도 아닌, 문학동네, 2016) Includes short story, Kong's future, translated as Kong's Garden, Asia Publishers, 2015

Translation in English[edit]


  • 《Kong's Garden》 (Asia Publishers, 2015)
  • 《One Hundred Shadows》 (Tilted Axis Press, 2016)
  • 《I'll Go on》 (Tilted Axis Press, 2018)[4]


  1. ^ http://www.kyeonggi.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=862881 Kyeonggi Ilbo Newspaper Article (Interview)
  2. ^ Montgomery, Charles (19 September 2015). www.ktlit. ktlit.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  3. ^ Jung BY JUNG YEO-UL ON NOV 01 2014 00:08:55, Yeo-ul (Summer 2001). "Experimenting with the Imagination: Hwang Jung-eun, Kim Tae-yong, Pyun Hye-Young, Yun Ko-eun, and Han Yujoo". Korean Literature Now. Seoul: LTI Korea. Retrieved Nov 23, 2015. 
  4. ^ https://www.tiltedaxispress.com/store/2018-print-subscription