Next Letter in the Mail: Crystal Hana Kim


We’re getting ready to send our next Letter in the Mail, and it’s from author Crystal Hana Kim! Crystal sends a handwritten letter from a self-created writing retreat in Minneapolis. She tells us about the Airbnb she’s staying in (and includes a drawing of the apartment!), thinks about how different locations and spaces affect us, and wonders about the meaning of home.

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Crystal Hana Kim’s debut novel If You Leave Me was named a best book of 2018 by The Washington Post, ALA BooklistLiterary Hub, Cosmopolitan, and others. It was also longlisted for the Center for Fiction Novel Prize. Kim was a 2017 PEN America Dau Short Story Prize winner and has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Hedgebrook, and Jentel, among others. Her work has been published in Elle Magazine, the Paris Review, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and an MSEd from Hunter College. She is a Teach For America alum and has taught elementary school, high school, and collegiate writing. She is a contributing editor at Apogee Journal.


Photograph of Crystal Hana Kim by Nina Subin.