DC History Conference
9:00 am - 10:15 am on Friday, November 22, 2019 at University of the District of Columbia
Kim presents the Opening Plenary Speech at the 2019 D.C. History Conference on “Abolitionist Poets of Washington.” The conference explores the theme “Communities and Characters.” Through panel sessions, posters, workshops, tours, and films, presenters will examine some of the major figures and interesting personalities who have shaped Washington, for better or worse, throughout its history. $30 admission, $15 for students and seniors; pre-registration required.
“In the decades leading up to the Civil War, Washington became a hotbed of abolitionist debate. Caught between its Southern roots and its prominence as a ‘model city’ for the nation, it was truly a city divided. The House of Representatives was so overwhelmed by abolitionist petitions that it instituted a ‘Gag Rule’ curtailing all debates about slavery between 1836 and 1844. The city had become a center for the slave trade (especially internal trade of American-born slaves into the deep South); in response, it also became a hub for the underground railroad. Writers responded with an outpouring of poems on the subjects of slavery and abolition. Poetry was seen as a unique form of moral persuasion: its meter and rhyme aided in memorization and made arguments more emotional and more forceful.”
2020 AWP Conference
All Day on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Henry B. González Convention Center
The Associated Writers and Writing Programs’ Annual Conference will include a panel presentation, “New Engagements with Forgotten Writers,” featuring Kim with Olga García Echeverría, Julie R. Enszer, and Dan Vera. Fees charged; registration required.
“Contemporary re-interpretations and appreciations of older mentor poets play a crucial role in keeping the legacy of those writers alive and contextualizing them for a new generation of readers and writers. Four poet-editors explore their secret muses (Gloria Anzaldúa, Lynn Lonidier, tatiana de la tierra, and Georgia Douglas Johnson) and why the work of these obscure writers inspires their own work creatively and editorially.”
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at Columbia Art Center
Kim reads new poems, along with Christine Lincoln. Free admission.
Kim teaches an ongoing Memoir Workshop at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, MD. There are no openings for new members at this time.
In 2019, she was a guest teacher at the DC campus of Notre Dame University and a visiting lecturer at Emory University. She gave presentations at the Stonewall National Museum in Florida and to members of the DC Preservation League.
Kim has also been selected as the Alumni Writer-in-Residence at Art Omi, a sculpture park in Ghent, New York for 9 weeks, from September through mid-November 2019.
Other highlights of the year: Kim was awarded a two-week Rose Library Research Fellowship from Emory University in Atlanta in April 2019. In May and June, Kim was the Festival Director for the Walt Whitman 200 Festival, a 12-day, city-wide celebration with 30 Community Partners and over 50 events, sponsored by Humanities DC. This year she also served: on the 2020 Writers Fellowship Selection Committee for Art Omi; on the DC Poet Laureate Selection Committee, administered through the Mayor’s Office on Talent and Appointments; as a judge for the Arts Club of Washington’s 2019 Scholarship Competition in Poetry; and as a judge for the District Finals for the Poetry Out Loud Competition in DC.
Kim is available for presentations, readings, and literary walking tours, and to serve as a juror for writing competitions. If you’d like to book her for your school, book club, alumni group, non-profit organization or other group, please drop her a note (see contact page on this web site)!