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Support Nabillera: Contemporary Korean Literature!

Hi readers,

If you remember, I started to look for contributors for the literary journal I wanted to start. And yes, it is still happening. We have reached out to contemporary Korean writers and poets we wanted to work with and started to hear back from them. Now, we need your help. As much as we want to share their works in English for free, we want to compensate the writers and the poet as a sign of respect. This edition will include two novels from two novelists and ten poems from two poets–all of them born in the year of Seoul Olympics, 1988. They’re now 30 years old in Korean age, and they’re known for their young and refreshing perspectives. The detail of the fundraising project is included in this page: https://www.youcaring.com/nabilleracontemporarykoreanliteraturefall2017-797781

Here is the description of Nabillera, also posted on our Facebook page:

Nabillera: Contemporary Korean Literature is a non-profit web quarterly organized by volunteer translators, editors, and other contributors who are interested in contemporary Korean literature. Nabillera aims to provide wider perspective on Korean literature to global readers by translating works of established and emerging writers alike. We also hope to become a venue where Korean literature enthusiasts share interest with others through making comments or publishing their own works relevant to Korean literature.

“Nabillera” is an English transliteration of “나빌레라,” a word that appears in Cho Chi-hun’s “The Nun’s Dance [승무].” There are at least a couple of different interpretations of the word. Some interpret the word as a Gyeongsang dialect of “누비다,” which means “to wander.” Others interpret it as the variation on “나비일레라,” which means “it must be a butterfly” or “like a butterfly.”

Please share the links for our fundraising page and Facebook page! And please donate if you may. Even 5 dollars helps tremendously!

Last but not least, we are still looking for one or two more editors. A qualified candidate would be a literature or creative writing major who has edited journals or other types of printed media before. If you’re interested, please direct your email to suhyeonahn1@gmail.com with a description about your experience and why you think you’re qualified for this position.

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