Extending, Nurturing, and Sustaining a Community of Writers from the African Diaspora
Kimbilio means “safe haven” in Swahili. We are a community of writers and scholars committed to developing, empowering and sustaining fiction writers from the African diaspora and their stories.
Projects include readings, presentations at professional conferences, social media networking, and an annual summer retreat for fiction writers who are members of the Kimbilio community.
If you are a serious-minded, committed writer with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of fictional craft than you should consider applying to become a Kimbilio Fellow.
Kimbilio is a project of the English Department and of the Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences at SMU.
Kimbilio Fellows come from across the diaspora and represent a wide range of visions and voices. Among their ranks are people from many generations, who have distinguished themselves in an array of professions, and who bring to the community a wealth of knowledge and resources. Some arrive early in their careers; others arrive with impressive publication credentials and prizes already under their belts.
THE KIMBILIO BLOG
We are extending the deadline for the contest until June 15. Get your entries in soon. Details: The Kimbilio National Fiction Prizeread more
Congratulations to 2017 OPO Fiction Prize Judge VIctor Lavalle on the publication of his new graphic novel, DESTROYER! Here, he discusses the creation of this exciting project. INTERVIEW WITH VICTOR LAVALLE The deadline to submit to the OPO Prize has been extended to...read more
We left someone off the list.... Welcome Janelle M. Williams to the class of '17! Janelle M Williams is an African American writer from Decatur, Georgia. She received her BA from Howard University and her MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College. Her work...read more