Kim has always felt lucky to share a birthday with one of her literary idols, Louisa May Alcott. Little Women's Josephine March finds her voice as a writer by bringing out the universal truths in her work, something Kim has sought in her own writing as well.
Kim has been published in numerous national and regional publications on topics ranging from Civil War history to modern architecture, and from conservation to parenting. She has also written 15 nonfiction books for young people. She writes essays and blogs, and is working on a novel called The Lifesaving Station, set at the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Kim has received numerous accolades for her work. Her essay on her family's struggle with selective mutism, a rare anxiety disorder, was picked up on the front page of Yahoo News, where it garnered more than 1,000 comments, and was later included in a textbook on speech disorders. At Goucher College, where she received a master of arts in historic preservation Kim won xx academic writing awards (Name them?). She was also the third-place winner of the 2013 Bethesda Literary Festival writing competition, and recently been named a VCCA fellow Finalist, Bethesda Literary Festival Writing Competition (2013), for an essay, "The Saving Grace of Spring Rolls" (published in Ladies Home Journal) Third Prize, Bethesda Literary Festival Writing Competition (2012), for an essay, "The Captain of the Zipper Club" Finalist, Moving Words Poetry Competition (2009), for a poem, "Baby's Breath"
First Prize, National Association of Real Estate Editors Journalism Competition (2009), for a trade magazine article, "Specifying Sustainability"
The 2004 Lee Prize, Goucher College, for an academic paper titled "Catching Two Fish with Two Hands"
The Bradford Williams Medal, the American Society of Landscape Architects (2001), for an article about the Oklahoma City Memorial, "The Gates of Memory"
In her spare time, Kim is an active PTA and community volunteer who loves to read, go to concerts, hang out with friends, and drink black coffee. But absolutely nothing tops being out on a trail or on a beach with her husband and two kids.
KIm--I'm still thinking about this page--where to put the awards--either here or on a sub page and link to them