Upcoming Events

Aug 2018

Poetry and Diplomacy
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Busboys & Poets

Three poet/diplomats read: Abhay K., Indran Amirthanayagam, and Simon Schuchat, along with Beltway Poetry Quarterly co-editor Venus Thrash. Kim will introduce the readers. Free admission.

Sep 2018

"Epic City," WOWD-LP 94.3 FM
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at

Kim is interviewed by Carolivia Herron on her weekly radio show on books. WOWD-LP FM, Takoma Radio, 94.3 FM. Listen online.

Upshur Street Books
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Upshur Street Books

Kim discusses her latest two books, in a split bill with David Gewanter, who reads from his recently-released book of poems, Fort Necessity. Free admission.

Print Culture Studies
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm on Friday, September 7, 2018 at Library of Congress, Rosenwald Room, LJ 239, Thomas Jefferson Blg.

Kim is the speaker at the monthly meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies. She will speak about her research on A Literary Guide to Washington, DC. There will also be a display of rare books by authors featured in the Guide. Free admission.

DC Public Library
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Georgetown Neighborhood Library

Kim show slides and discusses her book A Literary Guide to Washington, DC: Walking in the Footsteps of American Writers from Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston in the Peabody Room. Free admission.

Politics & Prose Tours
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at

“Langston Hughes and the Writers of the Harlem Renaissance: A U Street Neighborhood Walking Tour.” This tour of the historic U Street neighborhood sweeps us back to the 1920s, a time of jazz, prohibition, and new opportunities for artists of color. Despite its misleading name, the Harlem Renaissance actually got its start in Washington, DC, and many of the literary stars of that movement lived here, including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Toomer, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Alain Locke, and Jessie Fauset.  Learn about the Saturday Nighters salon, the 12th Street Y, the Association for Negro History, and Howard University. Most of the buildings and houses from the 1920s still stand (and are well preserved!) so it’s easy to imagine what it might be like strolling the “Black Broadway” of U Street, perhaps all dressed up for a movie at the Lincoln Theater, or heading to True Reformers Hall for a concert by Duke Ellington’s band.

Limited to 30 participants.  We will meet rain or shine! Please wear comfortable walking shoes and carry water. The tour takes approximately 2 hours, and covers level ground. Price: $45. Pre-registration required through Politics & Prose Bookstore.

Nov 2018

Smithsonian Resident Associates
6:45 pm - 8:15 pm on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at S. Dillon Ripley Center

Kim presents “Literary Washington,” a slide/lecture followed by a Q&A on DC’s early literary communities and most famous authors. Fee charged; cost includes a copy of the book A Literary Guide to Washington, D.C. Fee also includes an optional guided walking tour on Paul Lawrence Dunbar and Alice Dunbar-Nelson in LeDroit Park, and the black elites drawn to the capital during and after Reconstruction (class participants can choose between tours on Friday, Nov. 16 or Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10:00 am to noon). More information on how to enroll coming soon!

University Club of Washington, DC
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at The University Club of Washington, DC

29th Annual University Club Meet the Authors Night and Book Fair. Kim will be among an eclectic group of over 60 authors from the region at this popular annual holiday event. Free admission.


Kim continues to teach a Memoir Workshop at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, MD. There are no openings for new members at this time.

In 2018, Kim co-taught “Shakespeare’s Sisters” with Teri Cross Davis at the Folger Shakespeare Library; was a visiting writer at the Center for Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University; and was a guest teacher at the DC campus of Notre Dame University.

Other Events

Kim has been awarded a month-long fellowship at Art OMI, an artist colony in Ghent, NY, in October 2018. She has also been awarded a Rose Library Research Fellowship from Emory University in Atlanta, and will be a scholar-in-residence in April 2019.

Kim is available for presentations, readings, and literary walking tours, and is often asked 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)!