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James Han Mattson


James Han Mattson was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in North Dakota. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he has received grants from the Michener-Copernicus Society of America and Humanities North Dakota. He has been a featured storyteller on The Moth, and has taught at the University of Iowa, the University of Cape Town, the University of Maryland, the George Washington University, Murray State University, and the University of California - Berkeley. In 2009, he moved to Korea and reunited with his birth family after 30 years of separation.

Genres: Horror
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