Caroline Kim

I was born in Busan, South Korea but moved to America at an early age. I’ve lived on the East Coast, Midwest, and Texas but now make my home in Northern California with my family. My poetry and fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in TriQuarterly, The Rumpus, Pleiades, Porter House Review, MANOA, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Spinning Jenny, Meridian, Faultline, Pidgeonholes, Cosmonaut’s Avenue, Ms. Aligned 3, and elsewhere. My collection of short stories, The Prince of Mournful Thoughts and Other Stories, won the 2020 Drue Heinz Literature Prize and will be available October 2020. Follow me @carolinewriting.



  • “The Omari and Pango” selected by Carmen Maria Machado as a finalist in The Porter House Review Editor’s Prize, 2020
  • Winner, 2020 Drue Heinz Literature Prize
  • Nominated by Jellyfish Review for 2019 Best of the Net (“Older Women”)
  • Nominated for a Pushcart Prize by MANOA (“Mr. Oh”)
  • Scholarship to Bread Loaf Writers Conference
  • James A. Michener Fellowship
  • Hopwood Award in Poetry