Upcoming Events

Feb 2019

The Arts Club of Washington
All Day on Friday, February 1, 2019 at Scholarship Competition, The Arts Club of Washington

2019 Scholarship Competition in Poetry, open to college students in DC, MD and VA, ages 18 to 26. Awards of $2,000, $1,000, and $750. Winners will also read their poems at a dinner and awards ceremony at the Arts Club on April 12. Students must submit three hard copies of a single poem of no more than 300 lines, along with entry form. No entry fee. Deadline: Monday, March 4. Kim will judge, along with Regie Cabico and Teri Cross Davis.

Silver Spring Library
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Silver Spring Library

Kim shows slides and discusses A Literary Guide to Washington, followed by a Q & A and book signing. The Adult Author Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Silver Spring Library. Free admission.

Mar 2019

Poetry Out Loud
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Blind Whino Arts Club

Kim serves as a judge for the District of Columbia Finals of Poetry Out Loud. Eleven high school students from DC public, charter and private schools compete for a cash prize, a cash stipend for their school library, and the chance to compete in the Nationals. Free admission; RSVP required.

Bay to Ocean Writers Conference
All Day on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Chesapeake Community College

The 22nd annual Bay to Ocean Conference features a lineup of 30 different workshops and classes by poets, novelists, film writers, and other authors. Sponsored by the Eastern Shore Writers Association. Kim will teach a poetry workshop, “The Insectarium: Small Life Forms in Poetry,” and take part in two craft sessions: a panel of literary journal editors, moderated by Gregg Wilhelm; and a discussion on “Residencies and Fellowships” with Patricia Valdata. Fees charged; pre-registration required.

Apr 2019

Stonewall National Museum
5:30 pm on Monday, April 22, 2019 at Stonewall National Museum & Archives

Kim discusses “Queer Poets and Writers of Our National Capital” with host Gregg Shapiro. Followed by book signing. Free admission.

May 2019

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.


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.

Other Events

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 will serve 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. Deadline: March 4, 2019.

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)!