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katherine minKatherine K. Min, fiction writer, Plymouth

Katherine Min was born in Urbana, Illinois and received her B.A in English Literature at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts and her M.S. in journalism from Columbia University in New York, New York. She has worked as Adjunct Faculty and Writer-in-Residence and Diversity Scholar at Plymouth State College's Graduate Studies Division. Her stories are included in The Pushcart Book of Short Stories, on National Public Radio, and as a part of Distinguished Mention in a publication The Best Americans Short Stories. Min received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1992, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001 and a New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Fellowship in 1995.

Her first novel Secondhand World will be publiched by Alfred A. Knopf in October 2006. Min will be on tour to promote her work in New York, Albany, Boston,Washington D.C., Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Locally, she will be reading at Gibson's Bookstore in Concord, on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006.

"I am a Korean American woman who has lived all her life in predominantly white communities, " explains Min, "My work explores issues I have confronted in life; of assimilation and identity, cross-cultural conflict and self-hatred, the attraction to the Other, and the need for belonging. The characters in my fiction are outsiders looking in, trying to find a place for themselves in parts of the world."

Click here to read an excerpt from the novel Secondhand World
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