Poetry. PRESENT TENSE COMPLEX by Suphil Lee Park won the third annual Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize awarded by Conduit Books & Ephemera. Bob Hicok, the final judge, offered: "Suphil Lee Park's poems investigate, tear at, and adore physical and emotional dislocations, separations, and losses. She has a way of combining tones that should never fit together—lush austerity, calm fury—even peaceful unrest. I'd even say that she seems at ease...with unease, in large part because she recognizes her own nature and is not afraid to give her poems over to it."
Suphil Lee Park is a bilingual writer who was born and grew up in South Korea. Her name consists of Chinese characters, each of which means "outstanding," "writing brush," "plum tree," and "silver magnolia." A recent finalist for the Montreal International Poetry Prize, she graduated from New York University with a BA in English and from the University of Texas at Austin with an MFA in Poetry (New Writers Project). Her poems appear in Global Poetry Anthology, Ploughshares, and the Massachusetts Review, among many others. She's a literary agent focused on championing contemporary Korean writers.Author City: CRESSKILL, NJ USA