One of my favorite words in the English language is "essay," which I especially appreciate (like most hardcore essayists) in the form of a verb, as in, to write one is to venture, to attempt, to experiment. My forthcoming memoir, The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet, is a book-length essay that explores the mechanics memory and acceptance in a family haunted by mental illness, addiction, and abuse. It will be published by the University of Nebraska Press in September 2018. My book Sock, part of Bloomsbury's Object Lessons Series, is a celebration of the sublime aspects of the mundane. My shorter essays and stories have appeared in O MagazineTin HouseAgni, the Gettysburg Review and many other places. I have taught at Boston and Brown Universities, and occasionally offer craft seminars at Grub Street in downtown Boston. I'm the editor of the anthology The Shell Game: Writers Play with Borrowed Forms. I'm currently at work on a novel. 


"You Can't Have Flabby Curiosity: Three Questions for Kim Adrian"
Los Angeles Review of Books

On Writing the (Short) Nonfiction Book: A Conversation
Poets & Writers

Artist to Artist: How Does Your Subject Shape the Process of Making It
Massachusetts Cultural Council ArtSake.com

Interview with Gary Percesepe
New World Writing
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Massachusetts Cultural Council


Paste Magazine

"'Questionnaire for My Grandfather' is an incredible essay that leaves you shaking your head in amazement..."
Fourth Genre 

"Kim Adrian works her painful subject matter with great care and respect."
Improper Bostonian

“Ms. Adrian is borrowing from the toolbox of a poet, identifying a particularly potent idea and meditating upon it."


Politics & Prose Bookstore, Washington DC
January 27, 2018, 6 pm
More info here.



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