Kim Church‘s novel Byrd (Dzanc Books, 2014) won the Crook’s Corner Book Prize for best debut novel set in the American South. It also won an Independent Publisher Book Award, was a finalist for the Chautauqua Prize and the Balcones Fiction Prize, and was longlisted for the SIBA Book Award and the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction.
Her short work appears in the Norton anthology Flash Fiction Forward, The Sun, Shenandoah, Chicago Tribune Printers Row Journal, Painted Bride Quarterly, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has received fiction fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council and residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Millay Colony for the Arts, and Vermont Studio Center. She has taught workshops in diverse settings, from conferences to classrooms to homeless shelters to death row.
Born and raised in Lexington, North Carolina, Kim earned her B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her J.D. degree from UNC School of Law. She works as a trial lawyer in Raleigh, where she lives with her husband, artist Anthony Ulinski.
Watch A Day with Kim Church, a short author documentary by Anna Schwartz.
Read the interview Coffee break: Kim Church on Byrd.
Photo by Anthony Ulinski