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Pop-up: Kimberly King Parsons

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 12:00 pm - 12:15 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Kimberly King Parsons pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her short story collection, Black Light

She is paired with the artwork Girl with a Cigarette by Moses Soyer; found in the American Art Gallery, on the 2nd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.


With raw, poetic ferocity, Kimberly King Parsons exposes desire’s darkest hollows—those hidden places where most of us are afraid to look. In this debut collection of enormously perceptive and brutally unsentimental short stories, Parsons illuminates the ache of first love, the banality of self-loathing, the scourge of addiction, the myth of marriage, and the magic and inevitable disillusionment of childhood.

Taking us from hot Texas highways to cold family kitchens, from the freedom of pay-by-the-hour motels to the claustrophobia of private school dorms, these stories erupt off the page with a primal howl—sharp-voiced, acerbic, and wise.

Kimberly King Parsons

Kimberly King Parsons is the author of the short story collection Black Light, forthcoming from Vintage on August 13, 2019. Her fiction has been published or is forthcoming in The Paris ReviewBest Small FictionsNo TokensKenyon Review, and elsewhere. A recipient of fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and Columbia University, she lives with her partner and sons in Portland, OR, where she is completing a novel about Texas, motherhood, and LSD.   
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