Kimbilio Faculty Member Asali Solomon on Writing Fiction

From LITHUB, a conversation with Asali Solomon about The Days of Afrekete, the unexpected discovery that she’s a funny writer, and trying to impart wisdom to students while she’s still learning too. Asali Solomon on Writing Fiction as a Process of Discovery  

Kimbilio Fellow Kima Jones Wins Granum Foundation Prize

From the Granum Foundation Website: Congratulations to Kima Jones, winner of the 2022 Granum Foundation Prize. Kima Jones’s writing has appeared nationally in GQ, Guernica, Poets & Writers, and McSweeney’s. Her short story, “Nine,” received notable mention in Best American Science Fiction 2015, and her hybrid poem, “Homegoing AD,” appears in Best American Nonrequired Reading […]

Kimbilio Faculty Member Jacinda Townsend Wins the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellent

The Ernest J. Gaines Award Winner for Literary Excellence   Read more at this link:  https://ernestjgainesaward.org/gaines-award-winner  

Kimbilio Fellow LaToya Watkins Interviewed by The Millions

  Who Carries the History?: The Millions Interviews LaToya Watkins

Kimbilio Faculty Member Asali Solomon Interviews Percival Everett

It somehow seems that Percival Everett, one of the most inimitable and distinct voices in contemporary American fiction, who has been a finalist for some of the world’s most prestigious literary prizes, is still largely unknown to mainstream readers. It’s impossible to resist reading that fact into the symbolism of the publicity photo on the […]

From Good River Review, A “Revived” Story from Kimbilio Fellow Donald Quist

Lalita Rattapong’s New Microwave     I’m having trouble with Lalita Rattapong’s new microwave, issues with distance. Like, can the neighbors feel the universe fold in on itself whenever she reheats leftover panang? Do they hear time collide, past in present, echoes from a world older than the one they thought they knew, screeching in […]

Kimbilio Fellow Jonathan Escoffery on WBUR’s Here & Now

George Saunders: Still Evolving

Perhaps this sounds like Saunders has reached his old prophet stage and is yelling truths from a carved stone tablet, but it is not that at all. Saunders remains allergic to the polemical. In the past, sitting down to didactically write about things that angered him led to failed stories, he says. Saunders, who describes […]

Kimbilio Fellow Sheena Daree Romero on Life in Vermont

A Black Woman’s Search For Her Place in White, White Vermont   When I moved to Burlington, Vermont in 2015, I thought I knew what I was signing up for: too much snow, not enough black people, and a just-right amount of maple syrup. I decided I would try to live there for 1,000 days […]

Kimbilio Fellow Shinelle L. Espaillat’s Story is Featured @ Torch Literary Arts

BUT DID YOU DIE By Shinelle L. Espaillat Shreds of winter sliced the March morning as sunlight struggled to pierce the clouds. Mellen pushed herself to keep running up the hill, though each muscle fiber screamed and her breath came in hard, hitching explosions. Behind her, an angry rottweiler closed the distance, its owner barking […]