Deesha Phillaw in Full Grown People

Deesha Phillaw in Full Grown People

No, you couldn’t be at Kimbilio 2015, but you can read the piece that Deesha shared at the Fellow’s reading:


How can you be mad at someone who’s dying of cancer? It helps if you don’t yet know she’s dying, if you think the doctors are just trying one more thing. It helps if she is your mother and if she’s just driven you crazy your whole life, but insists on a kind of love that leaves you unable to breathe and sick to your stomach from her phone calls or from the mere thought of her visiting you or you visiting her. It helps if she is obsessed with you, her only child, because she believes God sent you to her teenage self to love her since no one else did. It helps if she pours her whole life into you, but you never asked her to, and you would have rather she not, just so you could fucking breathe and dress conservatively and keep the pasta separate from the sauce and breastfeed your baby and buy organic, without her judging you from the valley of her insecurities.

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Kimbilio in the Dallas Morning News!

Kimbilio in the Dallas Morning News!

Southern Methodist University is building a supportive relationship between black fiction writers and an SMU sister campus in Taos, N.M.

Black fiction writers are encouraged to consider attending future sessions of the Kimbilio Retreat at the SMU-in-Taos campus. Participants are winding up this year’s retreat, which began Sunday and ends Saturday. The campus, bearing low, adobe-colored buildings, is in Ranchos de Taos, about 10 miles south of Taos.

SMU creative writing director David Haynes began Kimbilio Retreat two years ago, drawing inspiration from Cave Canem, a similar retreat for black poets that has met in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Columbia, S.C. Kimbilio is Swahili for “refuge.”

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Kimbilio’s 2015 Fellows

Kimbilio’s 2015 Fellows

Join us in welcoming fourteen new fellows to the Kimbilio Family!  They’ll be coming to Taos this July for their first retreat, along with returning returning fellows from the classes of 2013 and 14.

Lesley Arimah

Gila Berryman

Jason Darcy

Tope Folarin

Jason Harris

Jacqueline Jones LaMon

George Jordan

Dennis Norris II

Deesha Philyaw

Talisha Shelley

Darlene Taylor

Esme-Michelle Watkins

Steven Wright