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
Hallowed Hell House How I left behind a Christian childhood to adore Halloween. From the Lenny Letter The year was 1989, and I was a jack-o'-lantern. Wearing the costume equivalent of footed pajamas and a hat with a stem and felt leaves, I gripped my dad's hand as we...read more
Screening Room: Rion Amilcar Scott on Big Bird, Writing, Adulthood, and the Unfairness of Death From ELECTRIC LIT I used to joke that between apparel, toys, books and DVDs, my family was, for a time, single-handedly funding Sesame Workshop, the non-profit that...read more
I often travel to places I’ve read about, and I like how the remembered story unfolds as I drive, at once moving toward a destination and returning to a memory. On this particular trip, I’m rememberingErnest J. Gaines’s The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, a novel...read more