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 a dozen publications. A 2022 recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award and a 2017 PEN Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize winner, she is also a contributing editor at Apogee Journal.


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Cover Photo: On the left is the cover of the novel The Lifestyle, which has an illustration of a woman talking to two men. On the right is the author, Taylor Hahn, smiling and looking at the camera.
Taylor Hahn Writes Comedy From a Place of Tension

Crystal Hana Kim interviews Taylor Hahn about her new novel, learning to write in law school, and subverting the jokes about the swinging lifestyle.

Jun 14, 2022
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