Maija Rhee DevineFiction, Poetry
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20150501, 20140321
As part of Park University's Ethnic Voices Poetry Series at the Kansas City Public Library, Maija Rhee Devine recounts how her extraordinary past and family history inspired her novel, The Voices of Heaven, winner of the 2014 Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence. In this interview, she talks about the difficulties of growing up adopted in a polygamous family in Seoul during and after the Korean War. She also discusses how Buddhism and Confucian values shaped the culture of her homeland. Devine, who held a 2014 Korean TED talk, discusses why she chose to write her story as fiction instead of memoir and reads from her poetry chapbook, Long Walks on Short Days.
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