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.
Art by Pierre-Joseph Redouté and Henri-Louis Duhamel du Monceau/rawpixel.com; illustration by Eliza Harris for Catapult

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.

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This is an picture of Crystal Hana Kim's book ‘If You Leave Me.’ The cover has an illustration of overlapping purple and pink flowers against a dark purple background. On one of the flowers is a dragonfly. The title of the book is in white type over the flowers.
Book cover via HarperCollins Publishers


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.