Kimberly Burge is a narrative journalist, a longtime activist, Fulbright Scholar to South Africa, and author of The Born Frees: Writing with the Girls of Gugulethu (W. W. Norton), about girls growing up in post-apartheid South Africa. In a starred review, Library Journal said, “Incredible and inspiring, this account belongs in every library and on every bookshelf.” The Born Frees was named a Top Ten book for the Amelia Bloomer Project by the American Library Association’s Social Responsibility Roundtable, and a top book of 2015 by Foreign Policy Interrupted. Kimberly was also honored by 35 Over 35, which recognizes outstanding work by debut authors over the age of 35. Her writing has also been featured in The Atlantic, Salon, The Huffington Post, and Sojourners. She has spoken about the Born Frees across the United States and in Europe. In 2012, as Visiting Humanities Scholar, she led a creative writing workshop for 25 inmates at Cumberland Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Maryland. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from George Mason University, and was a fellow in global religion reporting for the International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins University. Kimberly lives in Washington, DC. For more, see kimberlyburge.com and follow her on Twitter @Kimberly_Burge.
See Kimberly Burge in “Fulbright Scholars on Writing in the World” Wednesday, October 11 at 1:30 p.m. in Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza. Click to see event details.