Kimberly King Parsons is the author of the short story collection Black Light, forthcoming from Vintage in 2019, and the novel The Boiling River, forthcoming from Knopf in 2020. Her fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Best Small Fictions 2017, New South, Black Warrior Review, No Tokens, Joyland, Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. Her book reviews and literary criticism have appered in Bookforum, Fanzine, Time Out New York, The Collagist, and elsewhere.
She earned an MFA in fiction from Columbia University, where she served as the editor-in-chief of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. She received the 2016 Indiana Review Fiction Prize, placed second in the 2017 Joyland Open Border Fiction Prize, and was runner-up in the 2017 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest. She has been awarded fellowships from WxW and Columbia University and has attended residencies at the Gullkistan Center for Creativity and the Lillian E. Smith Center. One of her stories was recently featured on the Ploughshares blog "The Best Short Story I Read in a Lit Mag This Week" and you can read an interview with her about writerly obsessions, meat mechanics, and how weird it is to have a body.
She lives with her partner and sons in Portland, OR, where she is completing a novel about LSD, motherhood, and missed opportunities.