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Kat Cho
Kat Cho

Kat Cho (she/her) is an internationally bestselling author of Young Adult fiction. She received her BA in Biology from Wesleyan University and MPH in Community Education from CUNY Hunter in her past life as a clinical researcher before she rekindled her love of storytelling. She advocates for equity and representation in publishing and media through her work with Diverse Voices Inc., the non-profit behind DVPit and DVCon. As well as running programs such as fundraisers (including Kidlit Against Anti-AAPI Racism Auction) and volunteering for diverse mentorship programs as both mentor and application reader.

When Kat isn’t writing or online, she is the co-host of the Write or Die Podcast, a podcast that interviews authors about the struggles of getting published and maintaining an author career with a focus on spotlighting as many diverse creators as possible. Kat and her books have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, NBC, Refinery 29, and Seventeen. Her books include the Penguin One World One Book 2019 Selection, Wicked Fox, and its internationally bestselling sequel, Vicious Spirit. As well as the serialized webcomic and youtube series, Free Hexel.

Find her online at: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | KatChoWrites.com

Book Title(s):

Wicked Fox (Putnam/Penguin Random House, 2019)

Vicious Spirits (Putnam/Penguin Random House, 2020)

Once Upon a K-Prom (Disney Publishing, 2022)

Eternally Yours (Viking/Penguin Random House, 2022)

The Grimoire of Grave Fates (Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House, 2022)

Award(s) and Accolade(s):

A Junior Library Guild Pick (Wicked Fox, 2019)

An Entertainment Weekly Summer Best Book Pick (2019)

A Refinery29 Summer Best Book Pick (2019)

Penguin One World One Book Selection (2019)

A YALSA 2020 Amazing Audiobook Selection (Wicked Fox, 2020)

A Junior Library Guild Pick (Vicious Spirits, 2020)

Singapore Bestsellers List (Vicious Spirits, 2020)

Amazon Editors’ Pick Best Young Adult (Wicked Fox, 2020)

Amazon Teachers’ Pick (Vicious Spirits, 2020)

Other Creative Work(s):

Free Hexel (Webcomic) A high school band finds their new lead singer when they free a magical, musically-powered girl named Hexel from an interdimensional portal.

Write or Die Podcast (Podcast, co-host) a podcast that aims to share the real stories about what it takes to become an author – the gritty, infuriating, pull your hair out because it’s been years – stories of writers who didn’t give up despite it all, and are now living out their dream.

Diverse Voices, Inc (Non-Profit, Vice President, Director) DiverseVoices, Inc. was established to empower and advocate for minority, underrepresented and other marginalized groups of writers, illustrators and other book creators.

Pronouns:
she/her
Identity:
Korean, Korean-American, LGBTQ+, Neurodivergent
Age Categories:
Young Adult
Genres:
Contemporary, Fantasy
Publicity Information:
Vanessa DeJesús (vdejesus@penguinrandomhouse.com); Beth Phelan, agent (beth@galltzacker.com)

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