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About

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Kim Coleman Foote is an award-winning writer of fiction, essays, and experimental prose. Her writing appears most recently in Iron Horse Literary Review, Ecotone, The Rumpus, Green Mountains Review, and Prairie Schooner, and has received honorable mention in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Essays anthologies. Major honors include writing fellowships from Phillips Exeter Academy, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Center for Fiction, and MacDowell. She grew up in New Jersey, where she started writing at the age of seven(ish).

Kim’s writing focuses on marginalized histories, relationships between Africa and its diaspora, and gender and class. She has recently completed Coleman Hill, a book that fictionalizes her family’s experience of the Great Migration, from Alabama and Florida to Vauxhall, NJ, c. 1916–80s.

Other honors include writing residencies from the Anderson Center, Hambidge (NEA Fellowship), Vermont Studio Center (Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship), and Hedgebrook, a Kimbilio Fiction Fellowship, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for creative nonfiction. Kim also received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research for a novel about the slave trade in Ghana, where she inadvertently wrote a memoir about her experiences.

An avid music lover and dancer, Kim created an online radio show dedicated to Congolese and African pop music. She can be found blogging (and singing) there as her alter ego, kimi kimiana.

Kim received an MFA in creative writing from Chicago State University and a BA in sociology & anthropology, concentration in Black studies, from Swarthmore College.