About Anton

“An award-winning Korean-to-English powerhouse”—Booklist

I am a writer and translator working in Seoul. I was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and raised in British Hong Kong, Ethiopia, and Thailand, but mostly in Korea, where I’ve lived for thirty years. I was awarded the title of Person of Distinguished Service to the Nation after serving in the Korean Army. Repped by Jon Wood at RCW.

Book translations

Book chapters


Other translations

Interviews and Features

Grants and Awards

Taught at

  • Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference
  • British Centre for Literary Translation
  • Catapult
  • Yonsei University Department of Korean Language and Literature
  • Literary Translation Institute of Korea
  • Ewha University Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation
  • Seoul National University College English Program


  • MA (English), Seoul National University (under Dr. Nancy Jiwon Cho)
  • LLB, Korea University College of Law
  • BA (Psychology), Korea University
  • BA (French), Korea National Open University


  • Member of the Author’s Guild (US)
  • Member of the Translators’ Association of the Society of Authors (UK)
  • Co-founder of the Null Subjects Collective
  • Manages Korean literary translation group Smoking Tigers
  • Korean literature critic on KBS World Radio’s Korea 24 (2020-2022)
  • Korean literature critic on TBS eFM’s The Bookend (2015-2017)

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