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Eugenia Kim

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Eugenia Kim is the daughter of Korean immigrant parents who came to America shortly after the Pacific War. She has published short stories and essays in journals and anthologies, including Echoes Upon Echoes: New Korean American Writings, and is an MFA graduate of Bennington College. She teaches fiction in the low-residency MFA Creative Writing Program at Fairfield University. The Calligrapher’s Daughter is her first novel.

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Eugenia Kim Hello. Thanks for writing. It took ten years to research The Calligrapher's Daughter. Mostly I read memoirs written about and from the era, and…moreHello. Thanks for writing. It took ten years to research The Calligrapher's Daughter. Mostly I read memoirs written about and from the era, and history books. I also interviewed elders, visited Korea, and found primary sources such as maps, photographs, and artwork from the era. The critical issue with incorporating research into fiction is to never let the research take over the story or the character. It must be seamless, embedded in character and setting, not imposed by the writer. Good luck with your work. Cheers. (less)
Eugenia Kim I've found that writer's block is usually about fear and lack of confidence. I've found it's best to hit it head on — open a page and write.
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Vivid illustrations enhance this wordless book, showing a touching story of surprising depth. A recently arrived immigrant boy in an American city feels alienated by the language and all that is new to him. His longing for his homeland is embodied in a seed he carries in his pocket. But he loses the seed, and his search to recover it leads him to adventures that open his eyes to wonderful dis... Read more of this blog post »
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