Kim Noriega was born in Cleveland, Ohio, where she learned to love apple trees in the spring, nut roll at Christmas, the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge at dusk and the West Side Farmers’ Market at 5:30 AM when all the European grandmothers shop for the day’s meals, string bags in hand and 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, long beach walks in Coronado in February and never needing to de-ice her door locks or shovel anything but sand. Kim teaches poetry to adults and teens in recovery homes and public libraries, and facilitates family literacy programs for low-literate adults with small children, to help them break the cycle of intergenerational low literacy. She reads her work locally and abroad. Her poem, “Heaven, 1963″ was featured in Ted Kooser’s syndicated column, “American Life in Poetry.” Her poem, “Name Me” was a finalist for the 2009 Joy Harjo Poetry Prize. Kim lives in San Diego with her husband, Ernie, and close to their daughter, Leiha.
Her book of poetry, Name Me, is available from Fortunate Daughter Press.
Want to learn more about Kim? Click HERE to listen to an Interview on Blog Talk Radio’s Poetry Addict.