Saints & Sinners LGBTQ Festival
9:00 am - 10:00 am on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at
Kim participates in a reading and panel discussion on the anthology This is What America Looks Like, newly published by Washington Writers’ Publishing House. Other readers are Regie Cabico, Gregg Shapiro, and Venus Thrash, moderated by editor Jona Colson. The 18th annual festival takes place virtually; free admission. Full festival schedule here.
Reading: Wednesday Night Poetry
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at
Kim reads selections from her new anthology, By Broad Potomac’s Shore. Other featured readers: Jose Faus, Zoe Ryder White, and Addie Tsai. Open mic segments before and after the featured readers. Hosted by Kai Coggin; sponsored by Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. View online on Facebook; free admission.
Anthology Reading: from 101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at
Kim participates in an online book release celebration for the anthology 101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium. Other readers include Doritt Carroll, David Ebenbach, Robert L. Giron, Barbara Goldberg, Luther Jett, Helene Krauthamer, Merrill Leffler, Yvette Neisser, Jean Nordhaus, Linda Pastan, Michael Salcman, Myra Sklarew, Katherine Smith, and Pia Taavila-Borsheim. Hosted by co-editor Nancy Naomi Carlson. Sponsored by The Writer’s Center. Free admission; advance registration required.
"My Soul's Forgotten Gleam": Alice Dunbar-Nelson
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at
Celebrate the life and remarkable achievements of an important African American foremother, Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson. Born in the first generation after the end of American slavery, Dunbar-Nelson was an accomplished writer of poetry, fiction, plays, speeches, and journalism. Always overshadowed by her more famous first husband, Paul Laurence Dunbar, she moved to Washington, D.C. in 1898 and remained in the Mid-Atlantic long after his early death, marrying two more times, becoming a high school English teacher, as well as an activist for women’s suffrage and civil rights. Dunbar-Nelson lived and wrote during Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, and the Jazz Age: her life spans some of the eras of greatest change and ferment in American history. Kim will discuss the context in which she developed her most significant poems (read by actor Farah Lawal Harris), and discover why she deserves to be better known. Virtual presentation, sponsored by Washington Walks. $10 admission; advance registration required.
Book Talk: Library of Virginia
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at
Kim discusses her anthology, By Broad Potomac’s Shore: Great Poems from the Early Day of Our Nation’s Capital, online in a moderated discussion with Scott Dodson, Executive Director of the Library of Virginia Foundation. Followed by Q&A. Presented as part of the Carol Weinstein Author Series. Admission free; pre-registration required.
Gaithersburg Book Festival
All Day on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Bohrer Park
Kim will give a book talk and reading from her anthology, By Broad Potomac’s Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation’s Capital, followed by a book signing. Admission free, parking free. Time of the reading, and additional information will be available shortly.
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 2020, Kim co-taught “Shakespeare’s Sisters: Say Her Name” with Teri Cross Davis, an 8-week virtual seminar and writing workshop for adults, exploring the poetry of Black women in America, sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library. She served as a guest lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, the George Washington University, and the DC Campus of Notre Dame University. Kim also served on the selection committees for the Poets Laureate of Fairfax County, and Arlington County, Virginia.
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)!