Blake Kimzey

Fiction Writer

Dallas, TX 75218

Author's Bio

Blake Kimzey founded and directs Writing Workshops Dallas & Writing Workshops Paris. Named one of D Magazine's Artists to Learn From, he is a graduate of the MFA Program at UC Irvine; Blake also sits on the Board of the Elizabeth George Foundation and received a generous Emerging Writer Grant from the Foundation. His fiction has been broadcast on NPR, performed on stage in Los Angeles, and published by Tin House, McSweeney’s, VICE, Longform, Redivider, D Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, Green Mountains Review, Short Fiction, FiveChapters, The Lifted Brow, Hobart, Puerto del Sol, The Los Angeles Review, The Masters Review, Booth, Faultline, FLAUNT Magazine, Malibu Magazine, Day One, PANK, Fiction Southeast, Surreal South '13, and selected by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions 2015. Blake’s collection of short tales, Families Among Us, an Indie Bestseller, was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2014. He is working on his first novel and his literary work is represented by Ryan Harbage at The Fischer-Harbage Agency in NYC. Blake has been awarded fellowships to attend the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Vermont Studio Center. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at SMU and has also taught creative writing at UT-Dallas and UC-Irvine. Follow him on Twitter @BlakeKimzey, find him online at, or contact him at

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Publications & Prizes

The Best Small Fictions 2015 (Queen's Ferry Press, 2015)
Surreal South '13 (Press 53, 2013)
Families Among Us, winner of the 2013 Black River Chapbook Competition (Black Lawrence Press, 2014)
Up and Away (Rust Belt Bindery, 2012)
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Copperfield Review
Dark Sky Magazine
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Her Royal Majesty
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McSweeney's Internet Tendency
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NOÖ Journal
Puerto del Sol
Quay: A Journal of the Arts
Red Line Blues
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Short FICTION (England)
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The Lifted Brow (Australia)
Tin House
Untitled Books
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The Best Small Fictions 2015; 2013 Emerging Writer Grant, The Elizabeth George Foundation; Winner of the 2013 Black River Chapbook Competition; 2014, 2013, 2011 Pushcart Prize Nominee; 2012 Million Writers Award Notable Stories list; Scholarship, Vermont Studio Center; Finalist, Arthur Edelstein Prize for Short Fiction

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European American
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Born in: 
Plano, TX
Raised in: 
Prosper, TX
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Last update: Apr 17, 2020