Nebraska Authors

Lydia Kang

Lydia Kang is the author of young adult fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. Kang graduated from Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, and she completed her residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is a practicing physician and strives to include medical accuracy in fiction. She lives in Omaha with her husband and three children. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in JAMA, The Annals of International Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Great Weather for Media. Her books include Catalyst (2015), A Beautiful Poison (2017), Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything which was co-authored with Nate Peterson (2017), The November Girl (2017), and Control (2017).

Places Lived

Omaha, NE

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry


Young Adult Fiction, Poetry, Narrative Non-Fiction


Columbia University
New York University School of Medicine


Physician in Omaha

Places Worked

Bellevue Hospital, New York City
University of Nebraska Medical Center


Nebraska 150 Books Honor, 2017, Catalyst


Control. 2013.
Catalyst. 2015.
Quackery. 2017.
A Beautiful Poison. 2017.
The November Girl. 2017.
Toxic. 2018.
Patient Zero : A Curious History of the World's Worst Diseases. (with Nate Pedersen) 2021.
The Half-Life of Ruby Fielding. 2022.

In November 2015, Lydia Kang was one of the featured authors of the John H. Ames Reading Series in the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors. The program can be viewed here:

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