Nebraska Authors

Lydia Kang

Lydia Kang is the author of poetry, narrative non-fiction, and young adult fiction. A graduate of Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, she completed her residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Kang is a practicing physician and strives to include medical accuracy in fiction. 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
Nebraska Book Award for Patient Zero: A Curious History of the World's Worst Diseases, 2022


Control. 2013.
Catalyst. 2015.
Quackery. 2017.
A Beautiful Poison. 2017.
The November Girl. 2017.
Toxic. 2018.
Opium and Absinthe. 2020.
Patient Zero : A Curious History of the World's Worst Diseases. (with Nate Pedersen) 2021.
The Half-Life of Ruby Fielding. 2022.
Star Wars: Cataclysm (The High Republic) (Star Wars: The High Republic: Prequel Era). 2023.

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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