Kimberly King Parsons is the author of the short story collection Black Light (Vintage, 2019) and the novel The Boiling River, forthcoming from Knopf. A recipient of fellowships from Columbia University and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, her fiction has been published in The Paris Review, Best Small Fictions 2017, Black Warrior Review, No Tokens, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She lives with her partner and sons in Portland, OR, where she is completing a novel about Texas, motherhood, and LSD.
Born in Lubbock, Texas, Parsons earned a BA in English and an MA in Literary Studies (emphasis on the works of William Faulkner) from the University of Texas at Dallas. She later moved to New York City, where she earned an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and served as the editor-in-chief of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. Parsons’s book reviews and interviews have appeared in Bookforum, Fanzine, Time Out New York, The Millions, and elsewhere. She has been awarded residencies from the Gullkistan Center for Creativity, the Lillian E. Smith Center, Hypatia-in-the-Woods, and Playa. She received the 2016 Indiana Review Fiction Prize, placed second in the 2017 Joyland Open Border Fiction Prize, and was runner-up in both the 2015 Black Warrior Review Fiction Contest and the 2017 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest.