Suji Kwock Kim was educated at Yale University, the University of Iowa, Stanford University, and the University of California-Berkeley. As a former Fulbright Scholar, she studied at Seoul National University and Yonsei University, where her great-grandfather had been professor and dean of the graduate school and cofounder of the Korean Language Society (조선어학회), which was organized in resistance to the Japanese occupation. She is the author of the poetry collections Disorient (forthcoming) and Notes from the Divided Country (2003), which won the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award, and was a finalist for the Griffin Prize. She cowrote Private Property, a multimedia play performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

She is the recipient of fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the NEA, Fulbright/IIE, Blakemore Foundation for Asian Studies, Korea Foundation, and Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, the Nation, the New Republic, and the Paris Review; and has been performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus and recorded on National Public Radio.