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Bio

Baltimore-born, Maryland-bred writer Kimberly Shorter has been putting pencil and pen to paper since she was a little girl. Her body of literary work ranges from whimsical short stories, humorous and insightful essays to thought-provoking poetry. Two of Kimberly’s blogs, The Cicada Files and The Carb Lover’s Notebook, have been featured on AOL.

Kimberly is passionate about literacy and writing. She was featured in Baltimore Afro Newspaper’s Character Education Campaign in 2005. She won a Verizon Excellence Award for her work with a high school mentoring program in Baltimore. Since 2007, Kimberly has been a volunteer instructor with the Writing Outside the Fence community workshops, a program geared toward helping Baltimore’s ex-offender population.

Prior to her involvement with the writing workshops, Kimberly taught at the Baltimore City Community College and facilitated writing workshops for several area organizations.

Her writing credits include  MadameNoire.com, The Urbanite, IndustryGrind.com, Metro Tribune, among other entertainment publications. She has interviewed and contributed to articles on notable entertainment figures such as Tony Award-winning actor/producer/playwright Ruben Santiago Hudson, Grammy Award-winning songwriter Makeba Riddick, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Carolyn Malachi, American Idol Season 4 Finalist Nadia Turner, R&B singer/songwriter Avant, Donell Jones, Lyfe Jennings and Vivian Green.

Kimberly graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in Radio-Television-Film, and earned an M.A. in Creative Writing from The Johns Hopkins University. She also holds a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from The George Washington University, and is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute.

Her debut novel, Finding Sanctuary, will be released by Field Order Press in the fall of 2017.

Kimberly lives with her husband in Maryland.

Why I Write…

I wrote my first story about a disobedient mouse when I was about four years old. At the time, I knew nothing about plot or characterization. I just knew I could make a mouse do things by printing words on the page. Along with my black-and-white composition notebooks and No. 2 pencils, words were my favorite childhood toys. I enjoyed reading them, saying them aloud, writing them. Words, unlike my Barbie dolls or Sit-N-Spin, did not break. They were in my head waiting to be written, or printed in dictionaries to be discovered. My mother and teachers told me early on I was going to be a writer. I spent much of my life entertaining and resisting that notion.

I wrote my way through grade school. There were impassioned letters to the editor about politics, war, even baseball. My high school English teachers recognized my passion for writing early on. Mrs. Procaccini, my freshman English teacher plucked my early poetry assignments from the stacks of students’ work and submitted them to the school’s literary magazine. Bolstered by my teachers’ confidence, I began to explore a world of opportunities to hone my craft and express my thoughts.

From my t-shirt design gig while in high school to my current creative freelance ventures, I have always felt the need to create. And in everything that I did, my writing — whether it was an essay, a news article, poem, short story or even general correspondence — always stood out, often garnering favorable feedback from my intended audiences. I always appreciated the power and effect of a word and how, when strung together in sentences or paragraphs, created messages that inspired, influenced, encouraged and challenged.

Why do I write? Writing is the air I breathe, the blood that courses through my veins. To write is to live.

Blog

Book Recommendation: THE TRUTH ABOUT AWITI

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Events

JUNE 19-28, 2015

DC Black Theatre Festival

The Four Jesuses, A Two-Act Comedy

Written by Kimberly Shorter

4j offset logo(1)“The Four Jesuses” will be featued in the New Works Reading Series at the DC Black Theatre Festival on Sunday, June 21st at 6 p.m. at the RISE Demonstration Center at St. Elizabeth’s East, 2730 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, in Washington, DC.

This two-act play is focuses on Pastor Darrin Freeman and the struggling congregation of the Third Mount Zion Baptist Church. First Lady Audra Freeman has an idea to put on a play about the life of Jesus to help raise funds for much-needed repairs in the church. However, will her husband’s competing ambition and the members’ own motives and perceptions of Jesus get in the way of the ultimate goal?

Tickets are FREE, and available at dcbtf.org.