Kim Rooney (高小荣) Named City Books Writer-in-Residence
Khalil Malik and Pravin Wilkins Also Honored
City Books is pleased to announce Kim Rooney (高小荣) as the City Books Writer-in-Residence from July 1-November 30, 2020. Kim is a Chinese adoptee from Jiangsu Province. She received a BA in English writing and a BPhil in Communication rhetoric at the University of Pittsburgh. Kim’s work examines the ways identity is constructed and maintained, and she enjoys experimental and genre-blurring art forms. Her work has been published in The Offing, The Jellyfish Review and Pittsburgh Magazine. She will have a permanent desk in the bookstore and spend 3-5 hours a week on site during COVID-adapted business hours. Kim can be reached via her website and on Twitter/Instagram @kimlypso.
In addition, City Books will feature two Writers-in-Residence in its digital space. A Garfield native, Khalil Malik is a self-taught visual artist, fiction writer, and poet. His art and writing centers Black youth and addresses the reality of Black people living in Pittsburgh. He is the co-founder of Empty Space Project, the mission of which is to showcase artists in the act of creation using minimal resources, bringing new purpose to buildings under development. Khalil can be reached on Instagram at @khalilmalik_.
Pravin Wilkins is a playwright, poet, and screenwriter from San Diego, California. He received the Eric Bowling Award from the UC San Diego Department of Theatre & Dance for his one-act play, #takebackgraffitihall, a protest piece centered on the decision of campus administration to shut down the University Art Gallery. His work typically deals with race and class struggle and the many intersections between. He received his MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University in May 2020. Pravin’s preferred social media platform is Facebook, where he can be found as “Pravin Wilkins.”
Kim, Khalil, and Pravin will all enjoy a 40% discount on books and merchandise, receive a City Books Reader’s Journal, and curate Resident’s Choice bookshelves both in store and online.
As a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, outgoing City Books Writer-in-Residence, Vivian Lee Croft, was unable to take full advantage of the residency’s benefits. As a result, she will enjoy the rewards of the program through the fall term. Vivian, who received a One Northside grant from New Sun Rising for her participation in the residency, has transferred the money to the incoming writers among whom it will be proportionally divided.
Photo of Kim Rooney (高小荣): Emma Vescio
Photo of Khalil Malik: Corrine Jasmin