Jacinda Townsend Reads @ Kimbilio on June 2nd

Congratulations to Kimbilio Fellow Nana Nkweti

Kimbilio Fellow Nana Nkweti has been selected as one of the 2022 winners of the Whiting Award. The Whiting Awards, established by the Whiting Foundation in 1985 and celebrating their 37th anniversary, remain one of the most esteemed and largest monetary gifts ($50,000) to emerging writers. They are given to recognize early-career achievement and empower […]

One Week Left to Apply!

It comes around only once per year. Applications are open through March 15 to become a 2022 Kimbilio Fellow. Don’t miss this window!

Happy Pub Day to Kimbilio Faculty Member Asali Solomon!

Kimbilio welcomes the novel DAYS OF AFREKETE to the world! Buy it today at your favorite bookshop!

Announcing the 2021 Recipients of the Community of Writers Kimbilio Scholarships

Congratulations to Kimbilio Fellows Hayward Leach and Darlene Taylor. They have been selected as the first recipients of scholarships to attend the Community of Writers summer workshops. Community of Writers partners with Kimbilio to provide support for our Fellows to participate in their annual summer workshop.

Kimbilio Faculty Member Asali Solomon and Kimbilio Fellow Jamel Brinkley are 2021 O’Henry Prize Winners

Stories by Kimbilio Faculty Member Asali Solomon and Kimbilio Fellow Jamel Brinkley have been selected for the 2021 anthology. Congratulations to them for this prestigious honor.

Congratulations to Kimbilio Fellow Deesha Philyaw

Kimbilio Fellow Deesha Philyaw is the winner of the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. More on the link below.

2017 Kimbilio Fiction Prize Judge EDWIDGE DANTICAT on Haiti

We are extending the deadline for the contest until June 15.  Get your entries in soon.  Details: The Kimbilio National Fiction Prize

Remembering Gloria Naylor

We have learned of the passing of one of the leading lights in the African American literary community. Gloria Naylor inspired generations of writers, including many of our Kimbilio Fellows. Celebrate her life by grabbing your favorite Gloria Naylor novel from the shelf and remembering all she taught us. Ebony.com confirmed her passing and published a […]

Kimbilio Mourns Joyce Carol Thomas

Prolific children’s author and poet Joyce Carol Thomas has passed. Ms. Thomas took night classes in education at Stanford, while raising four children and received her master’s degree in 1967.  Her 1982 novel Marked by Fire won a National Book Award in category Children’s Fiction and an American Book Award. Thomas has been one of three to five finalists for […]