Walter K. Lew
Walter K. Lew is a Korean-American poet and scholar. He has taught creative writing, East Asian literatures, and Asian American literature at Mills College, the University of Miami, UCLA, and Brown University and Cornell University. Aside from the award-winning Treadwinds: Poems and Intermedia Texts, Lew is the author, co-author, or editor of seven books and several special journal issues. Lew's translations and scholarship on Korean literature and Asian American literature have been widely anthologized and he was the first U.S. artist to revive the art of movietelling (live narration of silent films), beginning in 1982.
Lew was the founding editor of the literary and scholarly press, Kaya Production (1993–96). Lew helped develop and publish such books as R. Zamora Linmark's Rolling the R's, Kimiko Hahn's Unbearable Heart, Sesshu Foster's City Terrace Field Manual, and a reprint of Younghill Kang's East Goes West: The Making of an Oriental Yankee.
Lew's documentaries and news stories have been broadcast on CBS News, PBS, British ITV, and NHK-Japan. He has often collaborated with visual artists, such as O Woomi Chung, Ashley Ford, and, most continually, the filmmaker Lewis Klahr.
- "Moss" and selection from "The RV Projects," with O Woomi Chung, for "Lines of Sight: Visual Art in Asian American Poetry," guest ed. Michael Leong, THE MARGINS, March 2015, pub. Asian American Writers' Workshop
- SCROTA, with O Woomi Chung, limited edition chapbook, 2014
- WITH EYES CLOSED, with O Woomi Chung, site-specific video installations, 2014
- IMPERATIVES OF CULTURE: Selected Essays on Korean History, Literature, and Society from the Japanese Colonial Era (Ed. with Christopher P. Hanscom and Youngju Ryu), University of Hawai'i Press, 2013
- EST-CE QUE LA LIGNE A ASSASSINE LE CIRCLE?, with Ashley Ford, limited edition artist's book, 2011
- YI WON, a selection of Yi Won's poetry translated by Walter K. Lew and published as a chapbook for the 35th Poetry International Festival, Poetry International, Rotterdam, 2004.
- TREADWINDS: Poems and Intermedia Texts, Wesleyan University Press, 2002
- EXCERPTS FROM: ∆IKTH DIKTE 딕테/딕티 for DICTEE (1982), Yeuleum Sa (Seoul), 1991
- "Pack Observing Art Basel >< Miami Beach 2008," (Ed., with Alan R. Clinton), "Avant-garde as Critical Practice" issue of RECONSTRUCTION 9.2 (2009)
- KÔRI: The Beacon Anthology of Korean American Fiction (Ed., Comment., with Heinz Insu Fenkl), Beacon Press, 2001
- CRAZY MELON and CHINESE APPLE: The Poems of Frances Chung (Ed., Comment.), Wesleyan University Press, 2000
- PREMONITIONS: The Kaya Anthology of New Asian North American Poetry (Ed.), Kaya Production, 1995
- MUAE: A Journal of Transcultural Production (Ed., Trans.), Kaya Production, 1995-1996
- "The Fight for Democracy" (Associate producer), part 8 (Dir. Carl Byker), of the Emmy-award-winning 10-part documentary series The Pacific Century, Prod. Peter Bull and Alex Gibney, 1992. Also awarded an Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award.
- Asian American Literary Award, poetry category, The Asian American Writers' Workshop, 2003
- PEN Center USA Literary Award, finalist, poetry, PEN Center USA, 2002
- Inter-Arts Fellowship, with Lewis Klahr, National Endowment for the Arts, 1990
- Association of American University Presses: WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY PRESS
- University of Hawai'i Press book: Imperatives of Culture
- Wesleyan University Press: book review for Treadwinds
- Amazon book: Treadwinds
- Amazon book: Kori: The Beacon Anthology of Korean American Fiction
- Wesleyan University Press: book reviews of Crazy Melon and Chinese Apple
- Goodreads.com: Premonitions: The Kaya Anthology of New Asian North American Poetry
- Amazon book: Premonitions: The Kaya Anthology of New Asian North American Poetry