Kim Church‘s debut novel Byrd (Dzanc Books) won the Crook’s Corner Book Prize and an Independent Publisher Book Award, was a finalist for the Chautauqua Prize and the Balcones Fiction Prize, and was long-listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction and the SIBA Book Award.

Her short work appears in the Norton anthology Flash Fiction Forward, The Great Books Foundation Short Story Omnibus, The Sun Magazine, The Believer Logger, INCH Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Shenandoah, Painted Bride Quarterly, Mississippi Review, Prime Number Magazine, and elsewhere. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has received fiction fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council and residencies at Millay Colony for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities. She has taught creative writing 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. from UNC School of Law. She worked for many years as a civil trial and appellate attorney, representing plaintiffs in cases of sexual abuse, fraud, malpractice, and product liability. She taught and wrote in her field of practice.

She lives in Raleigh 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.

Additional interviews and articles are online in Fiction Writers Review, The Nervous Breakdown, BloomWashington Independent Review of Books, and elsewhere.

Photo by Anthony Ulinski