Kimberly King Parsons is the author of the short story collection Black Light, forthcoming from Vintage August 13, 2019, and the novel The Boiling River, forthcoming from Knopf in 2020ish. Her fiction has been published or is forthcoming in The Paris Review, Best Small Fictions 2017, New South, Black Warrior Review, No Tokens, Joyland, Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. Her book reviews and interviews have appeared in Bookforum, Fanzine, Time Out New York, The Millions, 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.
She received the 2016 Indiana Review Fiction Prize, placed second in the 2017 Joyland Open Border Fiction Prize, and was runner-up in the 2015 Black Warrior Review Fiction Contest and the 2017 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest. She has been awarded fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Writing x Writers, and Columbia University, and residencies from the Gullkistan Center for Creativity, the Lillian E. Smith Center, Hypatia-in-the-Woods, and Playa. One of her stories was recently featured on the Ploughshares blog "The Best Short Story I Read in a Lit Mag This Week." You can read this interview with her about writerly obsessions, meat mechanics, and how weird it is to have a body.