landing page 2018


Kim Adrian's memoir, The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet, is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press this fall. David Shields calls it "a stunning merger of form and content; a remarkable portrait-becomes-self-portrait; and something like a master class in complicity."

Her first book, Sock, reminds us that extraordinary secrets live in mundane material realities. The Los Angeles Review of Books calls Sock "illuminating, erudite, deeply intelligent." It is part of Bloomsbury's Object Lessons series.

Kim edited The Shell Game: Writers Play with Borrowed Forms, an anthology of lyric essays. A review in The Millions says the collection provides "a sense of hope about literature and its capacity for evolution and change."

Kim graduated from Barnard College with a major in Cultural Anthropology, and received her MFA in Literature and Creative Writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She has taught at Brown and Boston Universities, and is currently at work on a novel and two other projects.




Kim's essays and short stories have received several awards and recognitions, including a scholarship to the Breadloaf Writers Conference, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist's Grant, a PEN New England Discovery Award, and the Editors' Prize at the New Ohio Review.

Shorter works have appeared in O MagazineTin HouseAgni, the Gettysburg Review, the Raritan Review, and many other places. Two essays have been translated into Mandarin for Chinese literary magazines, five have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes (one given a Special Mention), and the essay "How to Buy Peaches" was cited as a Notable Essay in the Best American Essays. Links and more information here.


October 3, 2018
Brookline Booksmith, Brookline MA
7pm—Launch event for The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet

November 29, 2018
University of New Hampshire at Durham
5pm—Reading from The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet as part of the UNH Writers Series

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