Kimberly A. Collins, an advocate for writing for healing , gave voice to the movement against domestic violence with her poem, “Remember My Name,” which has become a staple of Domestic Violence Awareness Month observances.
Collins has facilitated writing-for-healing workshops for almost 30 years. Her inspirational weekly blog became the book Choose You! Wednesday Wisdom to Wake Your Soul. She attended Spelman College and holds a BA from Trinity University, a MA in American and African American literature from Howard University and a MFA in poetry from Spalding University.
Her poems have appeared in Pittsburgh Poetry Review,Black Magnolias Literary Journal, Berkeley Poetry Review, and other journals, as well as in the Women Artists 2017 Datebook (Syracuse Cultural Workers, 2016), and in the anthologies Word Up: Black Poetry of the 80s From the Deep South (Beans and Brown Rice, 1990), edited by Kalamu ya Salaam; In the Tradition: An Anthology of Young Black Writers (Writers & Readers, 1992), edited by Kevin Powell and Ras Baraka; Theorizing Black Feminisms: The Visionary Pragmatism of Black Women (Routledge, 1993), edited by Stanlie M. James and Abena P.A. Busia; Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS from the Black Diaspora (Third World Press, 2007), edited by Randall Horton, M.L. Hunter, and Becky Thompson; The Nubian Gallery: A Poetry Anthology (Blacfax Publications, 2001), edited by Bob McNeil; Black Gold: An Anthology of Black Poetry (Turner Mayfield Publishing, 2014), edited by Ja A. Jahannes; Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks (Curbside Splendor, 2017), edited by Quraysh Ali Lansana & Sandra Jackson-Opoku; and 50/50: Poems and Translations by Womxn Over 50 (QuillsEdge Press, 2018), edited by Ann Davenport.
Collins, a Callaloo Fellow is a native of Philadelphia PA who lives in DC, and teaches English and creative writing at Morgan State University in Baltimore.