Jake Levine


Jake Levine is a USAmerican translator, poet, and scholar. He received both his BA and MFA from the University of Arizona and is currently ABD in a PhD program in Comparative Literature at Seoul National University. He works as an assistant professor of creative writing at Keimyung University and as a lecturer at the Literature Translation Institute of Korea. He is the Assistant Editor at Acta Koreana and the Editor for the Korean poetry series Moon Country at Black Ocean. Previously he served as the Editor-in-Chief of Sonora Review and as the Poetry Editor of Spork Press. His translation of Kim Kyung Ju’s poetry collection I Am a Season That Doesn’t Exist in the World (Black Ocean, 2016) was a finalist for ALTA’s Lucien Stryk Prize. In 2018 his translation of Kim Kyung Ju’s verse play Bred from the Eyes of a Wolf came out with Plays Inverse. Last spring saw the release of his co-translation of Kim Yideum’s Hysteria (Action Books) and a special collection of translations of contemporary Korean women authors that he edited for Puerto Del Sol. He also co-translated Poems of Kim Yideum, Kim Haengsook & Kim Min Jeong with Don Mee Choi, Johannes Göransson and Jiyoon Lee. His translations of Kim Kyung Ju’s poetry collection Whale and Vapor (Black Ocean) and verse play Butterfly Sleep (Tupelo Press) came out in 2019.