Kima Jones was born and raised in New York, a 2013 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices fellow in poetry, she is also a Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction fellow and MacDowell Colony fellowship recipient. She is a Voices at VONA alum and 2012 Lambda Literary Fellow in poetry. Kima was named a finalist for the 2013 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival 3rd Annual Poetry Prize. Kima lives in Los Angeles and is writing her first poetry collection, The Anatomy of Forgiveness.

Artist Statement:

I am  working on a collection that is poetry but also fiction, family history and geography. It is a matriarchal line and a witness. Poetry should leave a witness. In my writing I am concerned with mother/daughter relationships, the black female body, the family as body, women as  a united body, anatomical and spiritual bodies, the ability and disability of the corporeal body and how those bodies inform relationships. I am an Afrofuturist and am interested in the body on this planet, in the sea, out to space, other realms, the possibilities of the black female body on other Earths.

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