I’m thrilled to announce that my mom’s second novel, The Fetishist, will be published posthumously by Putnam on Jan 9, 2024. Following the success of the Inaugural Katherine Min Fellowship Celebration that we put on with MacDowell, Mom’s family and friends came together and we found an agent, PJ Mark, who found an editor, Sally Kim. They’ve both been amazing. I got to work with Sally in editing the manuscript, which was an intense and inspiring and emotional experience — like collaborating with Mom from beyond the grave, like working on a writing project together. I also wrote an afterword, sharing a personal view of Mom as an artist and, well, as a mom. Cathy Park Hong wrote the introduction. Stay tuned for updates as this journey continues!
Kayla Min Andrews is a biracial, Korean American writer living in New Orleans. She has a piece forthcoming from The Massachusetts Review and has been published in Lit Hub, Cagibi, Halfway Down the Stairs, and Asymptote. Her flash essay “Old Kleenex” was nominated for a Best of the Net 2020. Kayla assisted Putnam on the posthumous publication of her mother’s novel The Fetishist (January 2024), including editing the manuscript and writing the afterword. Kayla is an MFA candidate in fiction at Randolph and is working on a novel.
Kayla Min Andrews grew up in central New Hampshire, majored in English at Amherst College, studied abroad in Paris, and taught English in rural France. She then moved to New Orleans, where she assisted death penalty defense investigators, waited tables, and got an interdisciplinary Masters in Latin American Studies at Tulane. She now teaches English to international students. A proud member of the local writing community, she’s a reader for the Peauxdunque Review and has taken many classes at the New Orleans Writers Workshop. Kayla is currently working on a novel.
My mom was a celebrated fiction writer and essayist. She died in 2019. My uncle Kollin led the way in setting up a fellowship at MacDowell in her name, to elevate the voices of Asian American writers. Each year we have an event celebrating the recipients of the fellowship.
2021 : Inaugural Katherine Min Fellowship Celebration with Cathy Park Hong, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, and Victoria Chang (and me reading from Mom’s work – a novel excerpt and an essay. *this event turned out to be the catalyst for The Fetishist‘s publication!)