One on One

Writing as Resistance
10.8.(Tue) 18:30~19:30
@DDP CREA | MC : Song Kyung-dong
Niyi Osundare, known as the people’s poet from Nigeria, and Baek Mu-san, representing Korea’s labor poetry, will engage in a dialogue about individuals’ resistance against the state and conglomerates. They will share their personal experiences and discuss the significance of writing as resistance.


  • Niyi Osundare Poet, Nigeria/USA
    Niyi Osundare is a Nigerian poet, playwright, essayist, and scholar. He has authored over 18 books of poetry, two books of selected poems, four plays, two books of essays, and numerous scholarly articles and reviews. Among his many prizes are the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Poetry Prize, the British Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the Noma Award, which is the most prestigious Book Award in Africa, and the Fonlon/Nichols Award for "excellence in literary creativity combined with significant contributions to Human Rights in Africa". He was the 2014 recipient of the Nigerian National Order of Merit, (NNOM), Nigeria’s highest award for distinguished creative and intellectual achievement. He is currently a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of New Orleans in USA, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.
  • Baek Mu-san Poet, Korea
    Baek Mu-san was born in 1955 in Yeongcheon, Gyeongbuk. He worked as a laborer at a large company before launching his literary career by publishing the poem “Hell Boat” in Minjungsi journal in 1984. He is one of the leading labor poets of the 1980s alongside Park Nohae. His poetry collections, include O Workers of the World, Rising on Mapo Bay’s Dawn, The Time of Humans, and The Path Belongs to the Field. He is the recipient of the Isan Literature Prize, Manhae Prize for Literature, Im Hwa Literary Award, Oh Jang-hwan Literary Award, and Daesan Literary Award.


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