kim coleman foote
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Kim Coleman Foote is from New Jersey and currently lives in Brooklyn. Recently named a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellow in fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Fellow, she has published fiction, essays, and experimental prose in Black Renaissance Noire, The Literary Review, Crab Orchard ReviewObsidian, and elsewhere.

Other honors include a Hambidge Center NEA Fellowship, Kimbilio Fiction Fellowship, Rona Jaffe Foundation/Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, and a Fulbright Fellowship to Ghana, where she conducted research for her novel-in-progress. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Chicago State University.

Kim is currently juggling a few writing projects. She is elbow-deep into a novel exploring familial caste and inheritance stemming from the slave trade in 18th-century West Africa. She has completed a draft of a feature-length screenplay on the same topic. She has also written a memoir about her experiences living in Ghana. Read excerpts from the novel and memoir here.

In addition to the novel, Kim is working on a short story collection inspired by oral tales about her family, former sharecroppers who moved from Alabama to Vauxhall, New Jersey, during the Great Migration. On the back-burner is a speculative novel set in the future.

photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths