Sim Kern is a Gulf Coast author and environmental journalist writing about climate change, queer identity, and social justice. Their debut horror novella, Depart, Depart!, was selected for the Honor List for the 2020 Otherwise Award. Their short story collection, Real Sugar is Hard to Find, was hailed in a starred review by Publishers Weekly as, “a searing, urgent, but still achingly tender work that will wow any reader of speculative fiction.” As a journalist, they report on petrochemical polluters and drag space billionaires. Fall of 2022 will see publication of their YA scifi novel Seeds for the Swarm, and in 2023, their novel The Free People’s Village will be published with Levine Querido.
Sim attended Oberlin College for a B.A. in English and Creative Writing. Afterwards, they moved to Houston, where they spent ten years teaching English to middle and high schoolers. Following the birth of their daughter, they began pursuing a career in writing full-time. They live near Brays Bayou with their husband, two kids, and a very good dog.
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Banner image from the cover art for REAL SUGAR IS HARD TO FIND, drawn by Bri Castagnozzi