Announcing Kimbilio’s Book Prizes!

Kimbilio is proud to announce an incredible addition to our programming. Partnering with our friends at Four Way Books and Braddock Avenue Books, Kimbilio will be awarding two annual publication prizes. Published by Four Way Books, The Kimbilio National Fiction Prize will be a celebration and affirmation of the best in contemporary fiction. 2017 judge […]

An excerpt from HARBORS by Donald Quist ’16 (Awst Press, 2016)

The Kimbilio Blog inaugurates a new feature: Excerpts from new books by our Fellows and Faculty. From HARBORS: In October of 1994, while my mom attended a funeral, I spent time with my grandmother at the Wash Tub Laundry on Fifth Street in Hartsville. I had wanted to be outside riding bikes with my cousins […]

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 […]

Kima Jones (’14) Discusses Publicity with NPR Code Switch

Kima Jones, who owns the publicity company Jack Jones Literary Arts, says, “There needs to be more women of color in publishing, in positions of power, period. As I see other book clubs and speaking series, reading series, organizations pop up that are dedicated to writers of color, queer writers, disabled writers, other marginalized writers, […]

The Trailer for Desiree’s New Book KNOW THE MOTHER!

The Trailer for KNOW THE MOTHER

Kimbilio Congratulates Faculty Member Angela Flournoy

The National Book Foundation has named Angela to it’s prestigious annual 5 UNDER 35 list.  Congratulations Angela! Read More Here:

LOVING DAY on the Cover of the NYT Book Review

“A house divided against itself cannot stand,” Abraham Lincoln declared in his 1858 speech presaging the Civil War. Such a house sits at the heart of Mat Johnson’s ribald, incisive novel “Loving Day.” Bequeathed to the narrator, Warren Duffy, by his deceased father, it’s a roofless, ramshackle mansion in a black neighborhood in Philadelphia: “I […]

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Jaime Moore in BOOK RIOT

Building a Better Canon: Stories of the Mixed Experience I grew up an awkward, bookish mixed kid. I didn’t feel like I fit in with most of the kids around me partly due to my desire to hang out in the library instead of the soccer field, and partly because of my weird family. My […]

Mat Johnson in BuzzFeed

This week we’re celebrating the publication of novels by Kimbilio Faculty Members Mat Johnson and Dolen Perkins-Valdez.  Here’s an article by Mat from BuzzFeed: Yo, I’m a mulatto. And I have to tell you, it’s great. I was black for most of my life, which is also great, but the thing is I look white […]