F267. The Only Light We’ve Got in All This Darkness: New Fiction from Kimbilio

Room 24, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Fellows and faculty from Kimblio discuss the many and diverse directions of African diasporic fiction, from comic to absurd, from speculative to dramatic realism. Panelists share excerpts from their own new and forthcoming novels and collections of stories and consider the narrow focus of the publishing world and the problem of the "received story."


Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man: Stories, forthcoming in May 2018.

A. Rafael Johnson's first novel, The Through, was released by Jaded Ibis Press in 2017. He has been published in African American Review, Kweli, Callaloo, and Spacecraft. He co-owns TerraLuna Collaborative, a research and evaluation firm based in Minneapolis. A. Rafael Johnson is a Kimbilio fellow.

Renee Simms is the author of the forthcoming story collection, Meet Behind Mars. Her fiction has been supported by Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale, Kimbilio, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor of African American studies and contributing English faculty at University of Puget Sound.

Tope Folarin won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013, and was shortlisted once again in 2016. In 2014, he was named to the Africa39 list of the most promising African writers under 39.

Akwaeke Emezi is a writer and video artist based in liminal spaces. Freshwater is her debut novel.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside