Media Kit

Kim Adrian is the author of The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet, a memoir the Los Angeles Review of Books called "aching, endless, unresolved, and extremely compelling." It was published in 2018 by the University of Nebraska Press as part of their American Lives Series (edited by Tobias Wolff).

Kim's first book, Sock ("reflects on the brilliance present in the minutiae of our lives" —Shelf Awareness), is part of Bloomsbury's acclaimed Object Lessons Series. Her short stories and essays have appeared in O Magazine, Tin House, Agni, the Gettysburg Review, and many other places. Two essays have been translated into Mandarin for Chinese literary magazines; two have received "Special Mention" 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 the 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 grants and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Foundation, The Edward Albee Foundation, Brown University, The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, PEN New England, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.

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 creative nonfiction at Brown University, and is currently at work on a novel. She lives in the Boston-area with her husband and children.

▸ Click here for a list of selected shorter works with links and more information
▸ Click here for info on Kim's current projects
▸ Click here to read selected interviews with Kim


Kim is represented by Seren Adams at United Agents:

Press inquiries for The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet and for The Shell Game: Writers Play with Borrowed Forms:
Anna Weir | aweir@unl.eduTel: (402) 472-5938

Press inquires for Sock
US: Laura Ewen | Tel: (212) 419-5300
UK: Clare Kathleen Bogen | Tel: +44(0) 7631 5806

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Genre: Memoir
ISBN-10: 1496201973
ISBN-13: 978-1496201973
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Series: American Lives (ed. Tobias Wolff)
Pub Date: 10/1/2018
Paperback: 304 pp
List Price: $19.15

One-line summary: a memoir written in the form of a glossary investigating a mother's mental illness.

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Genre: Philosophy/Aesthetics
ISBN-10: 1501315064
ISBN-13: 978-1501315060
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Series: Object Lessons (ed. Christopher Schaberg and Ian Bogost)
Pub Date: 9/7/2017
Paperback: 144 pp
List Price: $14.95

One-line summary: an examination of the humble sock reveals extraordinary secrets hiding in one of the most ordinary objects.

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Editor: Kim Adrian
Genre: Essays
ISBN-10: 0803296762
ISBN-13: 978-0803296763
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Pub Date: 4/1/2018
Paperback: 276 pp
List Price: $24.95

One-line summary: an anthology of lyric essays that borrow their forms from ordinary, everyday sources, such as recipes, police reports, and crossword puzzles.