Kim Roberts

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Kim Roberts (1961 - ) was born in Charlotte, NC and attended Emerson College in Boston and the University of Arizona. She moved to DC in 1987. She is the author of five books of poems: The Scientific Method (WordTech Editions. 2017), Fortune's Favor: Scott in the Antarctic (Poetry Mutual, 2014), Animal Magnetism, winner of the Pearl Poetry Prize (Pearl Editions, 2011), The Kimnama (Vrzhu Press/Poetry Mutual, 2007), and The Wishbone Galaxy (Washington Writers Publishing House, 1994).

She has also written two books on DC's literary history, A Literary Guide to Washington, DC: Walking in the Footsteps of American Writers from Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston (University of Virginia Press, 2018), and the chapbook Lip Smack: A History of Spoken Word in DC (Beltway Editions, 2010); and she edited the anthology Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC (Plan B Press, 2010).

With Dan Vera, Roberts co-edits the web exhibit DC Writers’ Homes. She is the founder and co-editor (with Margaret Corum and Venus Thrash) of the journal Beltway Poetry Quarterly, established in January 2000. In addition, she has served as co-editor of the Delaware Poetry Review with an editorial board (JoAnne Balingit, Michael Blaine, Jeffrey Lamar Coleman, Dennis Forney, H.A. Maxson, and Richard Peabody) since that journal’s founding in 2007.

Roberts is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities DC, and the DC Commission on the Arts, and has been a writer-in-residence at 17 artist colonies. She is featured in over 40 anthologies, and has published widely in literary journals throughout the US, as well as in Israel, Canada, Ireland, France, Brazil, and New Zealand, including: Barrow Street, Carolina Quarterly, Confrontation, Huntington Literary Quarterly, Malahat Review, New Letters, Ohio Review, Sonora Review, Verse Daily and Virginia Quarterly Review. Her poems have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Mandarin. Five of her plays have been produced or published.

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