author wearing a blue shirt
Photo by Wen Photography

Kim Coleman Foote is an award-winning writer of fiction, essays, and experimental prose. Her writing appears most recently in 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. Kim grew up in New Jersey, where she started writing at the age of seven(ish).

Current writing projects:

  • A Novel: explores women’s stories, inheritance, freedom, and race relations surrounding the slave trade in 18th-century and present-day West Africa/Ghana. Kim completed a feature-length screenplay on the same topic.
  • A Short Story Collection: inspired by Kim’s family, who were sharecroppers and descendants of slaves. The stories follow them on their Great Migration journey from segregated Alabama and Florida to Vauxhall, New Jersey. The North was not quite the promised land they anticipated.
  • A Memoir: Kim grapples with identity, ancestry, and the meaning of home while discovering rarely told stories about the slave trade in Ghana.
  • Another Novel: on the back burner, a speculative cautionary tale (originally entitled and set in “2020”!), now taking place in the far future.

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’s other writing honors include fellowship writing residencies from the Anderson Center, Hambidge Center (NEA Fellowship), Vermont Studio Center (Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship), and Hedgebrook; a Kimbilio Fiction Fellowship; and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for creative nonfiction. She also conducted research for her novel in Ghana as a Fulbright Fellow.

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