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
The Waynes and Johnsons: Albemarle County, Virginia, Circa 1862 and Beyond In 1840, Claude Wayne exerted his God-given right to his property when he relieved himself inside a slave wench named Norma. The resulting child was his, hazel eyes glinting green in the...read more
From Black Speculative Arts Digital Archive 1. What was the inspiration for the creation of “MotherShip: MotherVerse”? "MotherShip:MotherVerse" was conceived as part of a public Afrofuturism exhibit entitled "The MotherShip Connection." Poet, Community Builder and...read more
This is a very special evening and a very special award for me, partly because, like all of you, I love libraries and I believe in them and the work that they do. In giving my thanks today, I’d like to talk about the roles libraries have played in my life. I was born...read more