Midsummer Love Poetry Reading
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm on Thursday, July 14, 2022 at National Building Museum
Kim reads original love poems in honor of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Presented as part of The Playhouse, a series of events sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the National Building Museum. Other events include a life-sized immersive installation, costume displays, sword fighting demonstrations, scavenger hunts, guided backstage tours, and hands-on activities (including a build-your-own Globe Theater). Free with museum admission ($10 adults; $7 students).
1455 Summer Literary Festival
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm on Friday, July 15, 2022 at
Kim hosts an online reading of participants in the DC Pride Poem-a-Day project. Featured readers include Regie Cabico, Sunu Chandy, Marlena Chertock, Jona Colson, Tafisha Edwards, Emily Holland, Joseph Ross, and Malik Thompson. Free admission; registration required.
Voices of Freedom: Poets of the Abolitionist Movement
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at
Kim presents a talk on the role of poetry in the abolitionist movement between 1830 and the Civil War, when Washington, DC was a major center of the interstate slave trade, and a hub for the Underground Railroad. Sponsored by Smithsonian Associates; $25 fee; presented online. Pre-registration required.
All Day on Friday, August 5, 2022 at
OutWrite is Washington, DC’s annual LGBTQ+ Literary Festival, with panels, readings, and a book fair. Kim participates in two events: a panel on Queer Chapbooks on Saturday, August 6 at 11:30 am (with co-presenters Allison Blevins, Dustin Brookshire, Regie Cabico, and Dan Vera, hosted by Gregg Shapiro); and a reading from the DC Queer Pride Poem-a-Day project on Sunday, August 7 at 4:00 pm (Kim will host; the featured readers are: Saida Agostini, Brandon Blue, Dwayne Lawson-Brown, Tanya Olson, Michelle Parkerson, and Dan Vera). Virtual events, free admission. Registration information to be provided soon!
The Rise of DC's Black Intelligentsia: the Dunbars and LeDroit Park
10:00 am - 11:30 am on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at Smithsonian Associates
Three walking tours of the LeDroit Park neighborhood to choose from! 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. Sponsored by Smithsonian Associates; fees charged. More information soon on how to sign up! Select from dates on Saturday, October 15, Sunday, October 16, or Saturday, October 22. Tours will start and end at the Shaw/Howard University Metro Station.
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.
Recently, Kim led poetry workshops at the Bay to Ocean Writer’s Conference and for the Folger Shakespeare Library, and gave book presentations at the Saints & Sinners Conference, DC Public Library‘s Georgetown branch, the Georgetown Senior Center, and at the Bernice Fontenau Senior Wellness Center in Washington, DC. She led literary walking tours for the Annual Conference of the Association of University Presses and the Smithsonian Associates. For the second time, she is serving on the selection committee for the Poet Laureate of Fairfax County, Virginia.
Kim is available for presentations, readings, and literary walking tours. 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).