Novelist Naomi Jackson on Her Journey Back to Strength

Three springs ago, I lost the better part of my mind. I remember it starting with my feet. I woke up one February morning in the South Bronx apartment I’d just moved into with my husband, and my feet were so swollen I could barely fit them into my roomiest sneakers. I called in sick […]


Kimbilio is proud to announce the establishment of two endowments to support writers at future Kimbilio retreats.  The Figueroa Sisters Fellowship will pay retreat expenses for a selected woman writers 50 years of age and older.  The Tiffany Austin Fellowship will be offered to a writer of Caribbean descent.  The Figueroa Sisters Fellowship has been […]

Kimbilio Advisor Natalie Baszile in LENNY

Down Wind When my father was fifteen he packed his clothes in a cardboard suitcase, and, over his mother’s tearful objections, caught the bus from Elton, his tiny hometown in the heart of South Louisiana’s rice country, across the border to Port Arthur, Texas, a port town at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico. […]

Kima Jones (’14) Interviews Colson Whitehead for GQ

Colson Whitehead made his debut in 1999 with the publication of his first novel The Intuitionist. At the time, the country was in the middle of a Y2K meltdown, Whitehead introduced us to Lila Mae Watson, a black, female elevator inspector under investigation after one of the lifts she inspected has failed. Lila Mae, a […]

Ravi Howard Interviewed in Fiction Writers Review

Ravi will be a featured presenter at the Kimbilio/SMU Litfest Reading on October 15th.  Save the date! The Burden of History: an Interview with Ravi Howard “Growing up in Montgomery, I heard stories about the Civil Rights Movement from people who never became famous. That experience had an impact on my storytelling.” by SEBASTIAN MATTHEWS […]

Asali Solomon on BookFight

Asali Solomon Discusses Marlon James on BookFight!  

On Mat Johnson’s LOVING DAY

Kimbilio Faculty Member Mat Johnson’s new novel is published this week. Read Mat’s essay in the New York Times on PROVING MY BLACKNESS: I grew up a black boy who looked like a white one. My parents divorced when I was 4, and I was raised mostly by my black mom, in a black neighborhood […]

Tayari Jones Interviews Ravi Howard

Novelist Tayari Jones talked with Ravi Howard on the occasion of the publication of his latest book,“Driving the King.” This is their conversation. Tayari Jones: So first off, how is the weather down there? Ravi Howard: I almost hate to say it to people who are not down here, but we got into the 60s […]