Other honors include a Hambidge Center NEA Fellowship, Kimbilio Fiction Fellowship, Rona Jaffe Foundation/Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, and a Fulbright Fellowship to Ghana, where she conducted research for her novel-in-progress. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Chicago State University.
Kim is currently juggling a few writing projects. She is elbow-deep into a novel exploring familial caste and inheritance stemming from the slave trade in 18th-century West Africa. She has completed a draft of a feature-length screenplay on the same topic. She has also written a memoir about her experiences living in Ghana. Read excerpts from the novel and memoir here.
In addition to the novel, Kim is working on a short story collection inspired by oral tales about her family, former sharecroppers who moved from Alabama to Vauxhall, New Jersey, during the Great Migration. On the back-burner is a speculative novel set in the future.
photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths