Born in Seoul in 1954, Kim Jeong-hwan received his B.A. in English literature from Seoul National University. He made his literary debut in 1980 when he published five poems including “In Mapo, a Riverside Neighborhood” in the literary quarterly Creation and Criticism. His poetry collections include A Song that Cannot Be Obliterated, A Two-Person Dance and Three One-Person Dance, A Biography of Yellow Jesus, Memories of Pure Gold, Convalescence, On Train, Age of Hope, An Empty Theatre, Collected Poem of Kim Jeong-hwan 1980-1999, and The Sun Rises. His other publications include a novel entitled A Broken Mirror and A Spectacle, collection of essays entitled Collected Utterances, a collection of literary criticisms entitled Poetry of Life and Literature of Liberation, and books on general subjects including Classical Music, My Friend, Music of My Soul, World History of Music, People Who Made the Twentieth Century, and Korean History Odyssey.