R.O. Kwon

R.O. Kwon, photo by Smeeta Mahanti
R.O. Kwon, photo by Smeeta Mahanti

R.O. Kwon’s nationally bestselling first novel, The Incendiaries, was named a best book of the year by more than forty publications and is being translated into seven languages. The Incendiaries received the Housatonic Book Award and was a finalist or nominated for seven other prizes, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best First Book and Los Angeles Times First Book Prize.

Kwon’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Vanity Fair, the Paris Review, Bookforum, NPR, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Yaddo, MacDowell, Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Kwon co-edited the nationally bestselling Kink with Garth Greenwell, and she was named one of four “writers to watch” by the New York Times. Born in Seoul, South Korea, she has lived most of her life in the United States.


selected bibliography

Kink by Garth Greenwell & R.O. Kwon
Kink: Stories (2021)
The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon
The Incendiaries (2018)

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online resources

R.O. Kwon’s website
“Religious Fundamentalism Explored in The Incendiaries,” NPR, July 29, 2018
“A Writer’s Fixation on Sound,” the Atlantic, July 24, 2018
“Religious Faith Turns Monstrous in Kwon’s The Incendiaries,” the New Yorker, July 23, 2018

Video: Kwon on The Incendiaries at the 2018 Miami Book Fair