Kim was born in Cleveland, Ohio, where she loved apple trees in the spring, Hungarian nut roll at Christmas, the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge at dawn, and the West Side Market at 5:00 AM–when the Eastern European nagymamák shopped for the day’s meals, babushkas tied neatly beneath their chins. She moved to Southern California in her late 20’s (more or less on a dare) where she’s learned to love the subtle seasons, making salmon tamales at Christmas, and taking long beach walks in February.

She is the author of the book, Name Me, published by Fortunate Daughter Press, the title poem of which was a finalist for the Joy Harjo Prize in Poetry. Her poem, “Heaven, 1963″ was featured by former Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, in his nationally syndicated column, American Life in Poetry. Her poem, “Postcard to My Younger Self Beneath the Apple Trees” was a finalist for the 2016 Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize and has been nominated for the 2017 Best of the Net.

Kim teaches writing to all ages in recovery homes and public libraries–most recently in conjunction with the inaugural issue of the Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual, forthcoming in December 2017 from Garden Oak Press.

She lives in San Diego with her husband, Ernie, and their daughter, Leiha, where she heads San Diego Public Library’s family literacy program.