Ms. Kim was born in Seoul in 1934. Her birth name was Hyung-Deok.
Upon launching her literary career in 1960 through Hyundae Munhak, Ms. Kim joined the newly established Cheongmi Poets’ Group.
While attending Seoul National College of Education she became a reporter for the Daily Korea Times. For the next 20 years, she worked for different newspapers. She was first a culture desk reporter for the Gyunghyang Daily News and then an editorial writer for the Busan Daily News. Ms. Kim also served Korea Women’s Development Institute as its second director. Since then she has held numerous posts. She was a member of The Women’s Policy Assembly, the chair of the Public Fund Management under the Korea Broadcasting Advertising Corporation, a member of The Government Ethics Committee, a board member of the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, and the 17th director of the Korea Women Writers’ Association. In 1967, Rapier and Rose, her first collection of poems, was published. It was followed by Some Surf, Wind of Darkness, Dawn of Seoul, The Tree Planted in a Poet’s Heart, King Sejong, an epic, A Warm Family, and others, totaling 11 volumes of poems. In addition, she compiled the anthologies, In This World of Ours and Songs for Today, and authored There’s a Heart Weeping for You, a collection of essays.
At present, she serves as the chief director of the House of Literature, Seoul and of the National Campaign for Forests, and she is a joint representative of the Committee for a Mature Society.
Ms. Kim has received the Hyundae Munhak Award, the Woltan Literature Award, the Korea Literature Award, the Hyoryoung Grand Prix, the Pen Club Award, and the distinguished National Medal Moran.