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Born in Kurye, South Jeolla Province, in 1949, Lee Si-Young (Yi Si-Yeong) began publishing poetry in 1969, beginning with his first volume Manweol (Full moon) in 1976. Ten years passed before a second, Baram sokeuro (Into the wind) was published in 1986. Since then he has published regularly, with Gireun meolda chinguyeo (It’s a long way, friend, 1988), Iseul maechin norae (Songs soaked in dew, 1991), Munui (Pattern, 1994). In 1996, he published Sai (Relationship) and in 1997 Joyonghan pureun haneul (Quiet blue sky). After a pause at the turn of the century he has become far more prolific with the publication in 2003 of Eunpit hogak (Silver whistle), in 2004 of Bada hosu (Sea lake), in 2005 of Argalui hyanggi (The smell of argal), and in 2007 of Uriui jugeun jadureul uihae (For our dead). He served as vice-president of Changjak gwa bipyeong Publishing Company for many years. He was awarded the Jeong Ji-Yong Literary Prize in 1996, the Dongseo Literary Prize in 1998, the Modern Buddhist Literary Prize in 2004, the Jihun Prize in 2004, the Baekseok Literary Prize in 2005, and the Republic of Korea Award for Culture and the Arts in 2007. He is currently in charge of the International Creative Writing Center at Dankook University.