Krause Essay Prize Ceremony Honoring Keum Suk Gendry-Kim

Keum Suk Gendry-Kim

The University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program is pleased to announce that Keum Suk Gendry-Kim has won the 2020 Krause Essay Prize for her graphic novel Grass (Drawn & Quarterly), which explores the harrowing experiences of Lee Ok-Sun, a Korean woman forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese Imperial Army during WWII. 

Ms. Gendry-Kim will be honored at the Krause Essay Prize award ceremony at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, via Zoom. She will read from her winning work, joined by Vancouver-based writer and translator Janet Hong.

The online ceremony and reading is free and open to the public. To register for the online event, visit: https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_g0gXPc5HTciZpHFljuJQrg

Made possible by the Kyle J. and Sharon Krause Family Foundation, and run by The Nonficton Writing Program, the Krause Essay Prize is awarded annually to the work that best exemplifies the art of essaying. For more information about the Krause Essay Prize, visit https://krauseessayprize.org.

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