Next Letter in the Mail: Kirstin Chen


Our next Letter in the Mail comes from award-winning author Kirstin Chen! Kirstin writes to us about packing for a month-long writing residency she attended at the Toji Cultural Centre in Wonju, South Korea. (Spoiler: she brings lots of books and her beloved yoga mat!) And, she wants to know about your reading and writing habits, too!

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Kirstin Chen‘s second novel, Bury What We Cannot Take, was named a best book of the year by EntropyPopsugar, and Book Bub, and a top pick of the season by Electric LiteratureThe MillionsThe RumpusHarper’s Bazaar, and InStyle. She is also the author of Soy Sauce for Beginners. She has received awards from the Steinbeck Fellows Program, Sewanee, Hedgebrook, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, and the National Arts Council of Singapore. She lives in San Francisco, where she is working on a novel about the counterfeit luxury handbag trade.


Photograph of Kirstin Chen by Sarah Deragon.