Mary-Kim Arnold is a poet, writer, and visual artist.
Litany for the Long Moment, her book-length experimental essay, was selected by Carla Harryman for the 2016 Essay Press Prize and published in 2018. Litany for the Long Moment has been honored by the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, named a “Best of 2018” Book by Entropy Magazine, included in NPR’s Code Switch 2018 Book Guide, was a March 2018 Rumpus Book Club selection, and was a finalist for the 2018 Chautauqua Janus Prize for Formal and Aesthetic Innovation.
Her poetry collection, The Fish & The Dove, is forthcoming from Noemi Press in 2020.
Other writings have appeared in Hyperallergic, Conjunctions, The Georgia Review, Tupelo Quarterly, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.
She teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown University, where she also holds a Faculty Fellow position at the Swearer Center for Public Service.
She is the recipient of the 2018 MacColl Johnson Fellowship and the 2017 Fellowship in Fiction from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, for Nine Men's Misery, her novel in progress. She serves on the Advisory Board for The Rumpus, where she edits the occasional column, Multitudes, a partnership with VONA/Voices of Our Nation Arts. She co-chairs the Board of Directors for the feminist art collective, the Dirt Palace.
Adopted from Korea and raised in New York, she lives in Rhode Island with her husband and children.