Korean War Survivor Maija Rhee Devine Reads From and Discusses Her Work

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For Immediate Release:
February 27, 2014
Contact: Courtney Lewis
816.701.3669
Korean War Survivor Maija Rhee Devine Reads From and Discusses Her Work

Korean war survivor Maija Rhee Devine has transformed the trauma of her childhood into a flourishing career as a novelist and poet.

Devine holds a public conversation with Angela Elam of KCUR-FM's New Letters on the Air about her new novel The Voices of Heaven on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Voices follows the arranged marriage of a Korean couple from the final years of the Japanese occupation through the Korean War and into the economically advanced, high-tech South Korea of today.

An educator who has taught at several universities overseas and at the University of Kansas, Devine's work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Boulevard, and North American Review, and in various anthologies. She is a past finalist in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, received an Emily Dickinson Poetry Award, and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and O. Henry Award.

Devine is currently working on a book of poems about Korean comfort women, who were forced into providing sexual services to Japanese soldiers during World War II.

She is married to Michael J. Devine, director of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri.

This event is co-sponsored by Park University and The Writers Place.

Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore. 

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