Sophie Kim (she/her) is an activist, poet, playwright, and filmmaker from Los Angeles. She is currently on a gap year, and will attend Harvard University in fall 2020.
Poetry In June 2018, Sophie won the title of Los Angeles County Youth Poet Laureate for her civic engagement, writing and performance. As Youth Poet Laureate, she recently performed for an audience of over 900 at the 2019 Equity Summit, presented by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations. She has also performed in support of the California Association of Human Relations Organizations (CAHRO) and the Los Angeles Public Library. Her debut poetry book, Sing the Birds Home, comes out on June 29 from Penmanship Books.
In addition, Sophie has participated in the Iowa Young Writers Studio, the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop, Winter Tangerine Summer Workshops, and competed in the 2018 Get Lit Classic Slam. She is a Lambda Literary Fellow in Playwrighting. Her work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and the California Young Playwrights Contest, and she was longlisted for the 2019 Palette Poetry Prize (top 3% submissions). She recently gave a talk on using slam poetry as activism to middle school students.
Film Sophie received the 2018 Emerging Artist Award from MY HERO International Film Festival. From AIDS to Advice: LGBTQ+ Seniors Tell Their Stories received 1st Place in High School Documentary, Playas de Tijuana received 1st place in High School Experimental, and Sincretismo received 3rd place in Student/Mentor. From AIDS to Advice was also recognized by the Heritage Film Festival. Sincretismo was one of 16 films selected out of 274 submissions for the 2019 WESTFLIX Film Festival, and received the Gaulke Award for Visual Storytelling. Sincretismo received 2nd Place in Documentary from the 2019 CineYouth Film Festival, Finalist for the 2019 New Optics Film Festival, and was selected for the 2019 Sierra Canyon Film Festival and the National Film Festival for Talented Youth.
Plays Sophie has written three one-act plays: Self-Portrait at Bethany (2019), Alex Is (Not) Dead (2018) and Expulsion From Paradise (2017), which were produced in the Harvard-Westlake Playwrights Festival. Expulsion From Paradise (2017) was a Finalist in the 33rd annual California Young Playwrights Contest, an award given to 10 out of 432 submissions.
Performance Sophie is part of QueerWise, an LGBTQ+ writers and performers group in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. She has performed original monologues in multiple productions, most notably Shades of Disclosure: Who Are You?, a production about the HIV/AIDS crisis, which opened the 2017-2018 season of the Skylight Theatre in Los Feliz, CA, and ran for a total of 14 performances. Other shows have included Sex: Motion in Emotion (2017) and QueerWoke (2018).
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