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We're pleased to welcome Drue Heinz Literature Prize winner Caroline Kim in support of The Prince of Mournful Thoughts. She'll be in conversation with fellow winner Kate Wisel.
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About the collection: Exploring what it means to be human through the Korean diaspora, Caroline Kim's stories feature many voices. From a teenage girl in 1980's America, to a boy growing up in the middle of the Korean War, to an immigrant father struggling to be closer to his adult daughter, or to a suburban housewife whose equilibrium depends upon a therapy robot, each character must face their less-than-ideal circumstances and find a way to overcome them without losing themselves. Language often acts as a barrier as characters try, fail, and momentarily succeed in connecting with each other. With humor, insight, and curiosity, Kim's wide-ranging stories explore themes of culture, communication, travel, and family. Ultimately, what unites these characters across time and distance is their longing for human connection and a search for the place--or people--that will feel like home.
Caroline Kim was born in South Korea. She has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Michigan where she won a Hopwood Award and an MA in Fiction from the University of Texas at Austin where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. She was nominated by Jellyfish Review for the 2019 Best of the Net. She is currently a graduate student in counseling at St. Mary's College in Moraga, CA. Kim lives with her husband and three children.
Kate Wisel's fiction has appeared in publications that include Gulf Coast, Tin House online, The Best Small Fictions 2019, Redivider (as winner of the Beacon Street Prize), and elsewhere. She was a Carol Houck Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been awarded scholarships at Writing x Writers, The Wesleyan Writer's Conference, the Squaw Valley Writer's Workshop, The Juniper Institute, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago where she teaches at Loyola University and Columbia College Chicago.