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 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 […]

Kimbilio Fellow Jason Harris’ New Story in TAINT TAINT TAINT

She Finna… Jason Harris As she stands near the ledge, the wind swirls and Airyel closes her eyes, flowing into one of those instances experienced but rarely acknowledged by all living things; a face to face meetup with her maker. Of course, she is seeing it in her own way, as the divine wears whatever […]

Kimbilio Fellow Gail Upchurch Selected for the 2022 James Baldwin Literary Award

BROKEN THINGS appears in Issue #3 of Taint, Taint Taint You leave Khalil because he hates your body. Khalil hates your body because it can’t hold on to babies. He’s too nice a guy to say it outright, but every night he leaves a gulf between his body and your own, in the same bed […]

A New Story by Kimbilio Fellow Diana Veiga, Online at Apogee


The Short Stories of Diane Oliver

Guided by spirits, one overcast morning in October I picked up a copy of Right On! from the unread section of my bookshelf. A Black writing collection edited by Bradford Chambers and Rebecca Moon in 1970, it was a recent gift from a friend who knew well my weakness for African-American fiction anthologies, especially short […]

A New Story By Amina Gautier from KWELI

RERUN If we flip the channels fast enough, we can turn almost anyone Puerto Rican, blurring black and white into Boricua. When we can’t find a good show with a Puerto Rican actor, we make our own, turning the knob selector on the TV as hard and fast as we can, watching all the brown […]

The BLACK BOOKS LIVE Podcast from Kimbilio Fellow Jason Harris

Today, Black Books Live will present three of Hughes works of short fiction that were featured in “The Short Stories of Langston Hughes”, edited by Dr. Akiba Sullivan Harper, published in 1996. The stories are presented in the following order:  “Rock, Church”, “Trouble With Angels”, and “Spanish Blood,” a short story by Langston Hughes first […]

A New Short Story by Kimbilio Fellow Jeneé Skinner

How a Wolf-Woman LovesJeneé Skinner The widower’s wife wanted to die under moonlight in her natural form then be cremated before the townspeople could see the truth. The old man obliged, carrying her body toward the river and mountain. He watched her frail, sickly limbs transform one final time into their full power, skin melting, […]

A New Story From Kimbilio Fellow Brandon Taylor in THE YALE REVIEW

Colonial Conditions Brandon Taylor THE ELECTION WAS ON TUESDAY, but first, the Halloween bonfire. When Carson and Roma arrived, Roma discreetly removed her mask and said that she had to find the host, who had spent most of the late summer and fall cycling across the Mountain West. Carson knew this because the host had […]