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Kimberly Priest

Assistant Professor
Email: priestk1@msu.edu
Office: 166 Bessey Hall
Website: kimberlyannpriest.com

Research Areas

Poetry, Art Therapy, Trauma Studies, Sexual Assault, Body Politics 


Kimberly Ann Priest is the author of Slaughter the One Bird (Sundress 2021), Still Life (PANK, 2020), Parrot Flower (Glass, 2020) and White Goat Black Sheep (FLP, 2018). Winner of a 2019 Heartland Poetry Prize from New American Press, her work has appeared in several journals including Split Rock Review, Salamandar, The Meadow, Texas Poetry Review, and Berkeley Poetry Review. A graduate of the MFA program at New England College, she is currently an Assistant Professor of First Year Writing at Michigan State University and serves as a poetry editor for the Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry and Embody reader for The Maine Review. Her work examines trauma, art therapy, motherhood, body politics, and place


MFA, New England College

MA, Central Michigan University

BA, Regent University 

Representative Work 

White Goat Black Sheep, poetry chapbook




Awards and Recognitions

2019 Heartland Poetry Prize from New American Press

Chapbook finalist with PANK, Bateau Press, The Laurel Review, Black Lawrence Press, and New Delta Review

Selected Courses Taught 

WRAC 101

Social Media

Twitter: @kimberlyannpoet