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Suki Kim
Keith Haring Chair in Art and Activism, 2023-24
Suki kim photo by joanna eldredge morrissey courtesy of macdowell

Suki Kim is an investigative journalist, a novelist, and the only writer ever to have lived undercover in North Korea.

Kim’s New York Times bestseller Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea’s Elite (Crown, 2014) is an unprecedented literary documentation of the world’s most secretive gulag nation during the final year of Kim Jong-il’s reign. Her novel, The Interpreter (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2003) was the PEN Open Book Award winner and a PEN Hemingway Prize finalist. She is currently working on her next nonfiction book The Prince and the Revolutionary: Children of War (W.W. Norton), which was shortlisted for a 2022 Lukas Prize work-in-progress, given by Columbia University School of Journalism and Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism.

Kim’s writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Washington Post, Harper’s, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and The New Yorker. Her TED Talk on her experiences living undercover in North Korea has drawn millions of viewers. She has appeared in media around the world including CNN, BBC, CBS, NBC, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Kim served as a Ferris Professor of Creative Nonfiction at Princeton University in 2017.