Kim Barnes

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer

Dept. of English University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844-1102

Author's Bio

Kim Barnes' most recent novel is A Country Called Home. She also is the author of Finding Caruso and two memoirs: In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country, winner of the PEN/Jerard Award and finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize; and Hungry for the World. She is co-editor with Mary Clearman Blew of Circle of Women: An Anthology of Contemporary Western Women Writers, and with Claire Davis of Kiss Tomorrow Hello: Notes from the Midlife Underground by Twenty-Five Women Over Forty. Her essays, stories, and poems have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including MORE Magazine, Fourth Genre, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. She teaches writing at the University of Idaho and lives with her husband, the poet Robert Wrigley, on Moscow Mountain.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Hungry for the World (Villard Books, 2000)
In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country (Doubleday/Anchor, 1996)


A Country Called Home (Knopf, 2008)
Finding Caruso (Putnam, 2003)
Prizes won: 

PEN/Jerard Fund Award for Nonfiction
Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowship
Idaho Writer-in-Residence
Pushcart Prize
Finalist, Pulitzer Prize

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North Idaho, ID
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Last update: Oct 24, 2008