Stonewall National Museum
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm on Monday, April 22, 2019 at Stonewall National Museum
Kim discusses “Queer Poets and Writers of Our National Capital” with host Gregg Shapiro. Followed by book signing. Free admission.
Literary Hill Book Fest
All Day on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at Eastern Market, North Hall
Kim will have a table, along with several other notable area poets, in the book fair. In addition to selling copies of her books, she will be distributing information about upcoming events. Look for the Poetry Corner! Admission is free.
Paul Laurence Dunbar and Alice Dunbar-Nelson Walking Tour
10:00 am - 12:00 pm on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Plaza at the Shaw/Howard University Metro
“The Rise of DC’s Black Intelligentsia after Reconstruction,” a walking tour of LeDroit Park. This tour focuses on two remarkable writers who lived in Washington, DC in late 1890s to the early 1900s. Paul Laurence Dunbar was the first African American poet to become nationally known. His wife, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, is less well known, but she was also an accomplished writer of poetry, fiction, and journalism. In addition, she taught high school, and was an activist for civil rights and women’s rights. Both writers were in the first generation removed from slavery. This tour tells the story of their accomplishments, their unhappy marriage, and his early death. It also provides context for their lives in DC, discussing the African American intelligentsia who were drawn to LeDroit Park and the surrounding Shaw neighborhood in the years between the end of the Civil War and World War I. Stops on the tour include the site of the Dunbars’ two DC homes, as well as the homes of eminent neighbors: Robert and Mary Church Terrell, Christian and Sara Fleetwood, James E. Walker, and Anna Julia Cooper. Other sites include the Dunbar Theater in the Southern Aid Society Building, Howard Theater, and Lucy Diggs Slowe Hall. Limited to 30 participants. $45 fee. Advance registration required through Politics & Prose Bookstore Excursions.
Walt Whitman 200 Festival
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Busboys & Poets
A marathon reading of Whitman’s masterpiece, “Song of Myself,” opens the Walt Whitman 200 Festival, a 12-day, city-wide series of events celebrating the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birth. Join in! We are seeking volunteers to read sections of the long poem. The evening will be sponsored by Beltway Poetry Quarterly and Busboys & Poets, and hosted by Kim and Venus Thrash. Free admission. Cash bar; full menu items also available for purchase.
Arts Club of Washington
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm on Friday, May 31, 2019 at Arts Club of Washington
Presented in honor of Walt Whitman’s birthday, Kim takes part in a free lunchtime concert, reading her poems about Whitman’s life, interspersed between Whitman’s poems set to music and performed by soprano soloist Jennifer Piazza-Pick. For a fee, participants can opt to stay on for a three-course Whitman-themed luncheon after the concert; advance reservations for the luncheon required. Presented as part of the Walt Whitman 200 Festival.
OutWrite LGBTQ Literary Festival
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Reeves Municipal Center
Beltway Poetry Quarterly is proud to host a reading of five LGBTQ+ authors who have been featured in the journal, as well as serving as an editor of a recent issue. Featuring Saida Agostini, Regie Cabico, Margaret Corum, Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, and Venus Thrash. Hosted by Kim. 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 will be a guest teacher at the DC campus of Notre Dame University and a visiting lecturer at Emory University.
Kim is serving on two community panels this winter: the DC Poet Laureate Selection Committee, administered through the Mayor’s Office on Talent and Appointments; and the Walt Whitman 200 Festival planning committee, sponsored by Humanities DC.
Kim is serving as a judge for the Arts Club of Washington 2019 Scholarship Competition in Poetry. Open to college students in DC, MD and VA ages 18 to 26, there are cash awards of $2,000, $1,000, and $750.
Kim has been awarded a two-week Rose Library Research Fellowship from Emory University in Atlanta, and will be a scholar-in-residence in April 2019.
She has also been selected as the Alumni Writer-in-Residence at Art OMI, and will be in that position at Ledig House in Ghent, NY for 9 weeks, from September through November 2019.
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)!