Crystal Hana Kim

Instructor & Writer
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Crystal Hana Kim is the author of If You Leave Me, which was a Booklist Editor’s Choice title and named a best book of 2018 by over ten publications, including The Washington Post. She was a 2021 Jerome Hill Artist Finalist and a 2017 PEN America Dau Short Story Prize winner. She teaches at Columbia University and is a contributing editor at Apogee Journal. 


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Cover Photo: There is a botanical illustration of Sophoras (a plant with teardrop shaped yellow flowers) against a bright sky blue background. The flowers cover the whole image and have small green leaves.
Native Flowers and True Names: Using Research to Write Richer Narrative Fiction

To write her book ‘If You Leave Me,’ Crystal Hana Kim used research to be true to Korea, down to its roots.

Nov 30, 2021
Cover Photo: a large warm wooden desk with a laptop stand, laptop, lamp, breast pump, painting, papers, and pen atop; desk is pushed against a white wall decorated with lemon decals
Where Crystal Hana Kim Writes

Before, this room was full of books, a reading chair, plants. Now we’ve got a crib, a changing table, a glider. I’ve kept my desk, though.

Apr 22, 2021