Writing, Literature & Publishing Faculty

Kimberly McLarin

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Kimberly McLarin

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director for Popular Fiction and Publishing (2003)

B.A. Duke University


Kim McLarin is the author of the critically-acclaimed novels Taming It Down (1999), Meeting of the Waters (2001), and Jump at the Sun (2006), all published by William Morrow Inc. and of the memoir Divorce Dog: Men, Motherhood and Midlife. McLarin is also co-author of the memoir Growing Up X with Ilyasah Shabazz. Jump at the Sun was chosen as a 2007 Fiction Honor Book by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. The novel was also nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and selected by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association as a 2007 Fiction Honor Book. 

McLarin's nonfiction writing has appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, The Washington Post, Slate, The Boston Globe, The Root and other publications. She is a former staff writer for The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Greensboro News & Record, and The Associated Press. Her short fiction has appeared in Confrontation, Solstice, Calaloo and other publications. Previously, McLarin has taught at Northeastern University and Fairfield University.

McLarin appears regularly on the Emmy-Award winning show Basic Black, Boston's long-running television program devoted to African-American themes, which airs weekly on WGBH-TV. 

Meeting of the Waters Cover Taming it Down Cover