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"Sock reflects on the brilliance present in the
minutiae of our lives."
                                        —Shelf Awareness

"An intimate and searching accumulation of the
moments, tender and brutal, that heap together
and create a life."
                                        —The Boston Globe

"The essays in this collection bring with them a
sense of hope about literature."
                                        —The Millions

Kim Adrian is the author of The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet, a memoir the Los Angeles Review of Books described as "ambitious...aching, endless, unresolved, and extremely compelling." Her first book, Sock, is part of Bloomsbury's acclaimed Object Lessons Series.  Her shorter works have appeared in O MagazineTin HouseAgni, the Gettysburg Review, and many other places. Two essays have been translated into Mandarin for Chinese literary magazines; two have received "Special Mentions" from the Pushcart Prize anthology (2010, 2011); the essay "How to Buy Peaches" was cited as a Notable Essay in the Best American Essays 2010, and her short story "Toast" was cited as a Distinguished Short Story in the Best American Short Stories 2014

Kim's work has garnered several awards and recognitions including a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, a PEN New England Discovery Award, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist's Grant, and fellowships to the Edward Albee Barn, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Key West Literary Seminars, and the Ragdale Foundation.

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

A graduate of Barnard College with a major in Cultural Anthropology, Kim 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 based on the life and work of E.T.A. Hoffmann. She lives in the Boston-area with her husband and two children.

Media kit available here.

My Thoughts on Pâté

The Cut

Michigan Quarterly Review | Distinguished Story, Best American Short Stories 2014

Why Dim Sum Makes Me Feel Tender
Seneca Review | Chinese translation in Writer Magazine

Famous Cake
Post Road (no.13)

'Gooseberries' and Red Currants
Tin House

How to Buy Peaches
Tin House | Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2010

I Wish I Could Write Like Russell Edson

Questionnaire for My Grandfather
The Gettysburg Review | anthologized in YOU: Essays Devoted to the Second Person | Chinese translation in Yangtze River Series

The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet: Excerpts from a Memoir

Knitting 101
New World Writing

Last Cookies
New World Writing

The Ritual
O: the Oprah Magazine (August 2017)

The Maine Review (v.3, no.1)

Five Photographs
Ninth Letter (v.6, no.1) | Special Mention, Pushcart Prize XXXIV

Eight Photographs
New Ohio Review (no.4) | Editors' Prize, New Ohio Review | nominated for a Pushcart Prize

The Matter of Translation: Wislawa Szymborska's 'Conversation with a Rock'
Gettysburg Review

A Pickle of a Novel: Clarice Lispector's The Passion According to G.H.
Tin House

A Prayer for the Future of Everything: On Oe Kenzaburo
Raritan Review (v.29, no.2)

On Valentin Papadin’s Teach Yourself to Be a Madman
Tin House (v.10, no.1)

Poe’s Death-Watches and the Architecture of Doubt
New England Review (v.27, no.2) | reprinted in Poetry Criticism (v.198)


NYC / Half King Reading Series / March 18, 2019
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BOSTON / Brookline Booksmith / October 3, 2018
NYC / Shakespeare & Co. / October 18, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO / Green Apple Books / October 30, 2018
PHOENIX  / NonfictioNOW / November 3, 2018
DENVER / Counterpath Press / November 24, 2018
NEW HAMPSHIRE / UNH Writers' Series / November 29, 2018
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)

The Leaving Years Blog
interviewed by Kathryn Kopple

Barnstorm Literary Journal
interviewed by Wes Hood


Kim's agent is Seren Adams at United Agents

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