Kimberly Reyes is an award-winning poet, essayist, and cultural critic who began her career as a music and entertainment reporter. She transitioned to creative writing after receiving her Master of Arts from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2013 and has since been awarded grants, bursaries, fellowships, and scholarships from the Poetry Foundation, the Fulbright Program, the Academy of American Poets, CantoMundo, Callaloo, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Tin House Workshops, Cave Canem, Kundiman, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Greater New York Arts Development Fund, the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, the Munster Literature Centre, Summer Literary Seminars in Kenya, the Prague Summer Program for Writers, the Community of Writers, and many other places.
Kimberly is the author of the poetry collections Running to Stand Still (Omnidawn 2019), finalist for the 2020 Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award and for Civil Coping Mechanism’s 2017 Mainline Competition, and Warning Coloration (dancing girl press 2018), finalist for the Two Sylvias Press 2017 Chapbook Competition, and the essay collection Life During Wartime (Fourteen Hills 2019), winner of the 2018 Michael Rubin Prose Chapbook Award.
Her writing has been featured or is upcoming in/on The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Associated Press, Entertainment Weekly, Time.com, The New York Post, The Village Voice, Alternative Press, ESPN the Magazine, Jane, NY1 News, The Best American Poetry, poets.org, american poets, The Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland, Poetry London, The Stinging Fly, RTÉ Radio, The Irish Examiner, Film Ireland, RHINO, Columbia Journal, Obsidian, The Acentos Review, The Feminist Wire, Southword, and the Irish Journal of American Studies, among other places.
Kimberly has taught poetry abroad at Ó Bhéal and the Munster Literature Centre in Ireland, and stateside at San Quentin State Prison and the Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois. A Black Nuyorican, Kimberly was selected as the 2019-2020 Fulbright Scholar to study Irish Literature and Film at University College Cork—she currently sits on the Irish Fulbright Commission's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Board. In 2021, Kimberly was awarded membership to the Hollywood Foreign Press.