Kim Coleman Foote is a writer of fiction, essays, and experimental prose. Recently named a MacDowell Fellow, Center for Fiction NYC Emerging Writers Fellow, National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow in fiction, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in fiction, her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, The Missouri Review, Black Renaissance Noire, The Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, Obsidian, and elsewhere. She grew up in New Jersey and currently lives in Brooklyn.
In-progress writing projects include a novel exploring inheritance, the meaning of freedom, and race relations surrounding the slave trade in 18th-century and present-day West Africa/Ghana. She has completed a feature-length screenplay on the same topic and has written a memoir about living in Ghana.
Kim is also working on a fiction collection inspired by her family’s oral stories, exploring their hopes as sharecroppers during the Great Migration moving from Alabama and Florida to Vauxhall, New Jersey, and their tribulations during the Great Depression and later. On the back-burner is a speculative novel set in the future.
Additionally, as an avid music lover and dancer, Kim created an online radio show dedicated to Congolese and African pop music and may be found occasionally blogging (and singing) online as her alter ego, kimi kimiana.
Other honors include fellowship writing residencies at the Anderson Center, Hambidge Center (NEA Fellowship), Vermont Studio Center (Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship), and Hedgebrook, a Kimbilio Fiction Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for creative nonfiction, and a Fulbright Fellowship to Ghana, where Kim conducted research for her novel.
Kim received an MFA in creative writing from Chicago State University and a BA in sociology & anthropology, concentration in Black studies, from Swarthmore College.