about Kim


Just announced: 

Kim Ports Parsons' debut collection, "The Mayapple Forest," is forthcoming in 2022 from Terrapin Books.

After working in education for thirty years as a professor, mentor, public-school teacher, and librarian, Kim now spends as much time as possible on the reading, writing, and sharing of poetry.

She volunteers weekly for the international, intergenerational, intersectional poetry organization, Cultivating Voices LIVE Poetry, because she believes in poetic community. She creates the graphic designs for the group's events, and is privileged to collaborate with founder Sandra Yannone and fellow poet Don Krieger on program ideas and management.

She earned her BA in English from Goucher College, her MA with Creative Writing Emphasis from the University of Maryland-College Park, and her PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her gratitude overflows for her teachers and mentors -- Elizabeth Spires, Stanley Plumly, Michael Collier, Marcia Southwick, Greg Kuzma, and Hilda Raz.


An avid reader, gardener, and birdwatcher, she often hikes with her husband Doug and hound dog Sadie in nearby Shenandoah National Park. At this very moment, she might be stirring a pot of jam, or pausing in her writing to give her cat, Miss Daisy Cooper, a little scratch behind the ears.