The “Missing” Chapter from SONG OF THE SHANK

Recently, BOMB Magazine published a chapter that had been excised from Kimbilio Faculty Member Jeffrey Renard Allen’s SONG OF THE SHANK. Making Tom (Return): Behind the Scenes by Jeffery Renard Allen He is Tom at the same time that he is too preposterous to be Tom. (Root distinction, difference: Juluster is a rare one, but […]

Pub Day for Dolen’s Balm!

Today we welcome the long anticipated 2nd novel from Kimbilio faculty member Dolen Perkins-Valdez. Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly says: The elegantly crafted second novel from Perkins-Valdez (after Wench) captures the fierce energy, diversity, and suffering of Civil War–era Chicago. At its heart are three strangers—two black, one white—whose lives intersect after each arrives in their […]

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 […]

Nicole Kelly Discusses Her Pushcart Nominated Story

It took me all summer to write “How To Hear Music.” The first year of my MFA program was behind me, and after a year of furious writing I was exhausted. I had no new ideas, no new stories to tell. I was living in Berlin. Every day my boyfriend and I would choose a […]

Kimbilio Community Member Asali Solomon

Reviewed in the LA Times: With her 2006 fiction collection “Get Down,” Asali Solomon established herself as a short-form artist with a knack for writing misfits in black middle-class Philadelphia. Her first novel, “Disgruntled,” is a fitting follow-up — a smart, philosophical coming-of-age tale featuring a vivid protagonist who battles.. Read More Here:

NPR/ATC Story #2: Diversity in the Publishing World

To Achieve Diversity In Publishing, A Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence