Michelle Hyun Kim is an award-winning writer, editor, curator, and presenter whose work centers artists who create outside the borders of genre, language, and geography. Their reporting and criticism been published by New York, GQ Japan, Rolling Stone, NPR Music, Pitchfork, Teen Vogue, and others.
Throughout their eight years as a reporter and critic, they have interviewed everyone from international pop stars—from BTS to Hikaru Utada—to indie and experimental music vanguards—like 100 gecs and Ethel Cain—to gain insight into the creative and emotional process behind works that have inspired new subgenres, subcultures, and other cultural trends. As a former staff writer at Pitchfork and editor at Them, Kim has covered everything from TikTok linguistics, queer iconography, chronic dissociation, viral dance challenge ownership, and the symbol of the cowboy.
Born in Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, Kim is now based in Brooklyn, New York.
New York Magazine
The Creative Independent
How Music Charts
2022 NLGJA Award in Food Coverage: “Crying In Michelle Zauner’s Kitchen” | Them
2021 NLGJA Award for Excellence in Business Coverage: Queer Spaces Project | Them
2021 Periplus Fellow
Warner Music Group
Capitol Music Group
Third Bridge Creative
2021 Jaded Media SXSW showcase
The Guardian: “Fans Feel Shortchanged by K-pop Ticketing,” expert source
France Info: “How BTS Became One of the Most Influential (and Profitable) Groups in the World,” expert source
89.3 KPCC: The Frame, radio interview