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Kim Adrian is the author of The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet (University of Nebraska Press) and Sock (Bloomsbury). She is the editor of The Shell Game: Writers Play with Borrowed Forms, an anthology of lyric essays. Her work has received several awards and recognitions, including a scholarship to the Breadloaf Writers Conference and one to the Key West Literary Seminars, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist's Grant, fellowships at the Edward Albee Barn, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a PEN New England Discovery Award. She has taught at Brown and Boston Universities, and is currently at work on a novel based on the life and writings of E.T.A. Hoffmann.

Long bio and media kit

Kim's essays and short stories have appeared in O MagazineTin HouseAgni, the Gettysburg Review, the Raritan Review, the New England Review, and many other places. Two essays have been translated into Mandarin for Chinese literary magazines, six shorter works have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes (one given a Special Mention), the essay "How to Buy Peaches" was cited as a Notable Essay in the Best American Essays, and the essay "Five Photographs" received the Editors' Prize in Nonfiction at the New Ohio Review.

▸ Links to shorter works

The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet is featured in Poets & Writers Nov/Dec 2018 issue in their column Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin.

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The Twenty-Seventh Letter
of the Alphabet
"Memoir readers should not miss this singular offering." —Shelf Awareness
"Aching, endless, unresolved, and extremely compelling...lyrical and funny, often at the same moment." —Los Angeles Review of Books
"A stunning merger of form and content." —David Shields, author of Reality Hunger

▸ About The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet

"An utterly engaging investigation...illuminating, erudite, deeply intelligent." —Los Angeles Review of Books
"A thoroughly delightful discussion." —Washington Independent Review of Books
"Fun, focussed, and footloose!" —Nicholson Baker, author of The Mezzanine

▸ About Sock

The Shell Game: Writers Play with Borrowed Forms
(edited by Kim Adrian)
"The essays in this collection bring with them a sense of hope about literature." —The Millions
"Savor it, make it last." —Hippocampus Magazine
"This book is the science fiction of creative nonfiction, or better yet, the Ulysses of the modern essay." —New Pages

▸ About The Shell Game


Los Angeles Review of Books
interviewed by Sariah Dorbin

Tin House
interviewed by Michelle Wildgen

Washington Independent Review of Books
interviewed by Holly Smith

Punctuate Magazine
interviewed by Jenna McGuiggan

New World Writing
interviewed by Gary Percesepe (scroll down for interview)

▸ More interviews and conversations


BOSTON / Brookline Booksmith / 10.3

NYC / Shakespeare & Co. / 10.18

SAN FRANCISCO / Green Apple Books / 10.30

PHOENIX  / NonfictioNOW / 11.3

DENVER / Counterpath Press / 11.24

NEW HAMPSHIRE / UNH Writers' Series / 11.29

NYC / Half King Reading Series / 3.18

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Kim's current projects include a libretto for a chamber opera based on a fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The Strange Child will be composed by Julia Werntz and produced by the Pittsburg-based chamber music group Kamraton in 2021. She is also writing a book about Karl Ove Knausgaard's six-volume opus My Struggle. "The Unfamiliar Reader" will be published as part of Fiction Advocate's new Afterwords Series.

To learn about Kim's newest publications and upcoming events, please sign up for her twice-yearly newsletter

To contact Kim directly:
kimadrian115 [at] gmail [dot] com

Kim's agent, Seren Adams, can be reached at:
sadams [at] unitedagents [dot] co [dot] uk