Beanie Baby® Stories™ (Starburst Publishers, 1999) *11 of the 17 trivia pieces are mine. See pages 9, 14, 22, 41, 47, 98, 103, 127, 133, 147, 154.
(My first Beanie®, a horse named "Derby.")
Kimn's questions for her grad research on "The Future of Journalism" appear on Poynter Online in G. Stuart Adam's column (January 7, 2009).
Kimn's comments appear in an interview by Sharelle Byars Moranville titled,
"Whither Thou Goest: Finding Your Way through the Religious Fiction Market" (p. 69-72), published in the 2004 Children's
Book Market (ISBN 1-889715-15-8) by the Institute of Children's Literature.
Columnist for The Spirit-Led Writer,
named one of the "101 Best Web Sites for Writers" by Writer's Digest Magazine in 2003 and 2004 (my column 2001-2004, 2006).
Contributing Editor and Columnist for
The Northwest Christian Author,
a bimonthly publication of the Northwest Christian Writers’ Association
(NCWA), from 1993 to 2003 (Lorinda Newton, Ed.).
I completed curriculum for DiscipleLand, a Bible education project created by
Through the Bible Publishers. I provided research; lessons; editing;
background articles; and the extended learning projects, crafts, snacks, and songs for Level 1, Unit B: Bible-times occupations.
Working on two projects, a literary essay plus a research article on the future of journalism, as my first semester taking grad school courses winds down. As a result, don't think I'll be able to complete my NaNoWriMo goal of writing a novel in 30 days, however. :o(
Additonally, I continue to work with English professor Florence Boos at the University of Iowa on her online project, the Morris Online Edition of prose and poetry by William Morris and critical works by scholars.
I am also continuing work on a book-length project started as my senior honors thesis, a collection of essays comparing the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest (and how landscape shapes our personalities), with my advisor, Pulitzer-prize winning author and Iowa Writers' Workshop professor and faculty member, James Alan McPherson.
I continue my freelance work ranging from articles, essays, devotionals and editing, some assigned and some freelance.
I continue to manage the monthly writers' group I founded in Marion, Iowa, and I participate in regional writers' events when possible. I look forward to attending or teaching at
writers' conferences in the coming year. Maybe I'll get the chance to meet you at one!
Kimn was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, where she worked in a variety of industries in responsible roles, including as benefits specialist in the human resources department at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer before she became a freelance reporter for The Marysville Globe.
Then Kimn moved to Iowa in 2000 with her husband, two boys, elderly dog and mischievous cat. While living here, they've come to appreciate Iowa's reputation for professional writers and its long literary legacy. Names such as Bess Streeter Aldrich, born in Cedar Falls in 1881, author of A Lantern in Her Hand; Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson (1905 - 2002), the original "Carolyn Keene," the pen name for the Nancy Drew series; Wallace Stegner (1909 - 1993); Frank Conroy (1936 - 2005); Raymond Carver (1938 - 1988); Flannery O'Connor (1925 - 1964); and many more.
Other familiar names ring in Iowa, from John Wayne, Donna Reed,
Grant Wood, "Dear Abby," "Ann Landers," "Captain Kirk," and the location of the movie, "Field of Dreams." "Is this heaven?" ... "No, it's Iowa."
Active in several writing associations, Kimn co-founded three critique groups over the years, including one of the original online groups in the Christian Writers' Forum on CompuServe. She's also a past board member of the Northwest Christian Writers' Association in Bellevue, WA, serving as Treasurer from 1993-1998. After her move, she founded and currently chairs the Iowa Scribes, a Christian Writers' Group based in Marion, Iowa (2003 to present).
Kimn and her husband Russ homeschooled their two sons for thirteen years (the boys are now 16 and 18). She created and taught a popular writing enrichment course for 6th-9th grade students and managed a writing lab for 6th-12th grade students, in the local public school's homeschool assistance program for six years in Marion, Iowa (2000-2006), courses which she plans to adapt for writers' conferences and homeschool conventions.
Kimn's current volunteer work includes delivering hot lunches for Meals On Wheels to house-bound seniors. Her sons are proud of her recent honor serving as a Player Moderator in the fantasy children's multiplayer online game (MMOG), Runescape,
for Jagex, Ltd. for the past two years as her positive role-model character, "Magic Yorkie."
She went back to college to finish her degree at the University of Iowa and earned a double major in English and journalism and mass communication, graduating with honors and high distinction in May 2008. (Go, Hawks!)
She is currently enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Iowa while seeking employment in the publishing or academic fields. Kimn is also continuing her work as a freelance writer and speaker.
As for other interests, Kimn enjoys home projects and working with tools (especially power tools!), making things talk, landscaping, and bicycling with her family--that is, when she can convince them to join her!
To see an article written about Kimn in The Northwest Christian Author by Lorinda Newton, click here.