A born-and-bred mid-western boy, Peter Liptak is a poet, world traveler, avid cyclist, and lover of language. Unlike most English majors, he actually made use of his degree teaching English to children and adults in South Korea for the last 20 years, as a private tutor, preschool teacher, and adjunct at Incheon University.
Exploring his interests at the University of Minnesota, from the wonders of Astronomy and Anthropology to Philosophy and Poetics, Peter learned new skills as a preschool teacher, waiter, dance instructor and massage therapist in school and has worked as an actor, teacher, copywriter and author since. While working and living in Seoul, Peter completed a Master's in Korean History, and using Korea as a source of inspiration, linguistic and otherwise, penned several books including the controversial book of Korean Slang: As much as a Rat's Tail, translated the scathing graphic novel The Great Successor - Kim Jong Un: a Political Cartoon, created the Idiom Attack series of ESL textbooks as well as passion projects including an Art/Poetry book called Letters: Building an Alphabet with Art and Attitude and a series of children's early readers about the lovable Teddy LeBear, including Teddy's Day and Teddy's Camp.
Peter loves to say "Woo Hoo!" and knows that the simple experiences in life hold the greatest adventures. You can follow Peter at www.peteliptak.com or petespoetry.com
2016 International Book Awards Gold Medal for Letters, Illustration Award & Bronze Medal for The Great Successor 2016
Benjamin Franklin Awards: Silver Medal for Korean Slang: As much as a Rat’s Tail 2016
Korea Literature Translation Institute Grant: for the collected works of North Korea poet Baek Seok 2014
Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards: Silver Honoree for Teddy's Day HD 2013
Mom's Choice Awards: Gold Medals in Young Adult Poetry and Interactive eBooks for Letters and Teddy’s Day HD 2012
Mom's Choice Awards: Silver Medals in Children's Picture Books for Teddy’s Day and Teddy’s Camp 2012
Midwest Book Awards: First Place in Children's Illustrated ebooks for Teddy's Day 2011
Underwood Fellowship: Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies 2001