Jang Jin-Sung


Jang Jin-sung worked as a senior writer for the Korean Workers’ Party and earned special recognition from the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il for his poetry. In 2004, he defected to South Korea. He has published widely in South Korea and represented North Korea at the Cultural Olympiad in London in 2012. His memoir Dear Leader (Simon & Schuster) was published in 2014.


Roll call

PoetryTrains came to a halt.Factory chimneys stopped breathing.Schools and hospitals boarded up their doors. But from his desk each morning,the old teacher still called the roll.His chapped lips spoke each student’s name. Whenever he was met with silence –as if he...

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