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!

Application Season is Here!!!

Planning is well underway for the 2022 Kimbilio Retreat, and we are thrilled to announce that Application Season is here! Time to select the next class of Kimbilio Fellows. Kimbilio invites applications from talented and ambitious writers who have a solid grounding in fiction craft and who are interested in joining our community of accomplished […]

Congratulations to 2015 Kimbilio Faculty Member Angela Flournoy

Angela Flournoy wins VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for ‘The Turner House’ Angela Flournoy has won the 2016 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, which honors an outstanding debut novel published during a calendar year. Her winning book, “The Turner House,” published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, tells the story of 13 adult siblings forced to reckon with their […]


WELL, IT DOES SORT OF FEEL LIKE ANOTHER WORLD OUT HERE AT THE KIMBILIO Photos and more news from the 2016 Retreat coming soon!

Advice from the Vets

Returning Fellows Christi Cartwright (’13), Rosalyn Story (’13), and Andy Johnson (’14) will join the class of ’16 for the Annual Retreat in Taos.  We asked our vets to offer some advice to our Newbie Kimbees. Christi Cartwright Says: Accept writing friendships and kindnesses from whomever/wherever they are given. Writing is a lonely venture and kindness helps […]

A Letter from Congress

Received with pride on behalf of the Kimbilio community.  

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 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 […]

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, […]

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words Part One

Check out these pictures of our talented Kimbilio Fellows from our first ever Kimbilio Retreat this past summer…more to come! And thanks to Amina, Renee, Desiree, and Diana for capturing these memories on film!


Sanctuary, Haven, Asylum, Refuge.  Kimbilio can be translated variously: Even with the world’s most careful planning (and my service ARE for rent, at prices you most certainly cannot afford) the past week’s shelter and solace only happened because of the people who came together to make them happen.  There’ll be plenty of time to debrief, […]