Biography

Kim Roberts is the author of five books of poems: The Scientific Method (WordTech Editions, 2017), Fortune’s Favor: Scott in Antarctica (Poetry Mutual, 2015),  Animal Magnetism (Pearl Editions, 2011), The Kimnama (Poetry Mutual/Vrzhu Press, 2007), and The Wishbone Galaxy (Washington Writers Publishing House, 1994).  She edited the anthology Full Moon On K. Street: Poems About Washington DC (Plan B Press, 2010).

Kim is the co-editor of two literary journals.  She founded Beltway Poetry Quarterly in 2000 and co-founded of the Delaware Poetry Review in 2007.

She has been featured in over 40 anthologies, including Resisting Arrest (Jacar Press),  The Southern Poetry Anthology: North Carolina (Texas Review Press), The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry (Bloomsbury Publishing), Sunken Garden Poetry (Wesleyan University Press), Letters to the World (Red Hen Press), American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon University Press), The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel (No Tell Books), and The First Yes: Poems About Communicating (Dryad Press). She has published widely in literary journals throughout the US, as well as in Israel, Canada, Ireland, France, Brazil, and New Zealand, including: Barrow Street, Carolina Quarterly, Confrontation, Huntington Literary Quarterly, Malahat Review, New Letters, Ohio Review, Sonora Review, Verse Daily and Virginia Quarterly Review. Her poems have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Mandarin.

Individual poems have been set to music by classical composer Daron Hagen and by an alternative rock band, Arc of Ones, and several have been choreographed by Jane Franklin Dance Company. Five of her plays have been produced or published.

Kim has been a visiting writer at Montgomery College (MD), Winona University (MN), The George Washington University (DC), St. Mary’s College (MD), the Kreeger Museum (DC), The University of Virginia’s Northern Virginia Extension Campus (VA), Notre Dame University’s DC campus, and a large number of high schools, libraries, and senior centers. She has been a featured reader at Split This Rock Poetry Festival, the Mariposa Poetry Retreat, the University of Rhode Island’s New Leaves Lecture Series, and Fall for the Book Literary Festival.

Kim is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the DC Commission on the Arts, and HumanitiesDC. She has been awarded writer’s residencies at seventeen artist colonies and retreats: Luna Parc Foundation, Unpexpected Stage Company’s Artist Retreat, The Pine Needles Fellowship at St. Croix Watershed Research Station (sponsored by the Science Museum of Minnesota), Soul Mountain Retreat, the Edward Albee Foundation, Hambidge Center, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Mesa Refuge, Ucross Foundation, Ragdale Foundation, New York Mills Arts Retreat, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Hidden River Arts Retreat, Artists’ Enclave at I-Park, Blue Mountain Center, and the Millay Colony for the Arts.

Literary historian of DC authors

401935_10201327227003355_1451508278_nKim is well known for her extensive research on writers with ties to Washington, DC. Her combination anthology and walking tour book, A Literary Guide to Washington, D.C. from Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston, will be released by the University of Virginia Press in Spring of 2018.

She co-edits the web exhibit DC Writers’ Homes with Dan Vera (first published in December 2011 and updated regularly). She worked with the DC Public Libraries to conceptualize DC By the Book, an online, interactive map of fiction set in Washington, DC.  HumanitiesDC commissioned Kim to write a limited-edition, nonfiction chapbook, Lip Smack: A History of Spoken Word in DC, in conjunction with their 30th anniversary (Beltway Editions, 2010). For four years, her popular walking tours were an annual feature of The Big Read DC, a program sponsored by HumanitiesDC and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her Big Read DC tours include: “Wide Enough for Our Ambition,” a tour of DC’s segregated public schools (2010), “New Deal Washington” tour of Foggy Bottom and Downtown (2009), “Jazz Age Stories of the Rich and Scandalous” tour of Dupont Circle (2008), and “Zora Neale Hurston’s Washington” tour of Seventh and U Streets NW (2007).

Kim regularly gives literary walking tours of DC neighborhoods to schools and nonprofit groups.  She presented “The Rise of DC’s Black Intelligentsia: Paul Laurence Dunbar and Alice Dunbar-Nelson in LeDroit Park” at the 2014 DC Historical Studies Conference, and “Henry Adams in Lafayette Square” at the 2011 Conference.  Her tour of the greater U Street neighborhood called “The Harlem Renaissance in DC” was first presented at the Split This Rock Poetry Festival in March 2008. Her research on Walt Whitman’s ten years as a resident of Washington has been published in The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, as well as being featured in articles in The Washington Post and The Washington Times, on radio programs on WAMU-FM and WPFW-FM, and in panel presentations at Rutgers University and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She was the Coordinator of a city-wide festival in 2005, “DC Celebrates Whitman: 150 Years of Leaves of Grass.”