Suki Kim is an investigative journalist, novelist, essayist, and the only writer to have lived undercover in North Korea. She is the author of the New York Times best seller Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover among the Sons of North Korea’s Elite (Crown Publishers, 2014), a documentation of her six months living in Pyongyang during the final year of Kim Jong-il’s reign.
At Radcliffe, Kim is working on a nonfiction book, The Prince and the Revolutionary: Children of War, for W. W. Norton, a part of which appeared in the New Yorker. The reporting for this book began with the 2017 assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the rightful heir to North Korea's Great Leader title, at Kuala Lumpur Airport, and the disappearance of his son, the 22-year-old prince Kim Han-sol. This is an investigative indictment on war and its consequences as well as a celebration of resilience and spirit.
Kim’s novel The Interpreter (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003) won a PEN Open Book Award and was a finalist for a PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction. Her articles and essays have appeared in prominent national magazines and newspapers, and she is a contributing editor at the New Republic. Her essay “Land of Darkness” was included in The Best American Essays 2018 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018). She has appeared on CNN’s Amanpour and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and her TED Talk has drawn millions of viewers. She is the recipient of a Berlin Prize Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholar Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a New America fellowship, and an Open Society Fellowship.