kYmberly mieshia dionne Keeton was born in Fort Worth, Texas. She is a graduate of The University of Houston with a B.A. in English Creative Writing, with a minor in African-American Studies (and awarded a Baccalaureate Degree with Honors in English-Creative Writing and The Graduate Certificate in African-American Studies).
Keeton’s first short story: 2.Butahflies.Charlie.Browne.&.Painky.Lillies won the Honorable Mention Sylvan N. Karchmer Short Fiction Prize in May 2006 at The University of Houston and was published in the PARALLAX Journal at Richland College in Dallas, Texas. As the former City Editor of rolling out dallas and Entertainment Editor for the Dallas Weekly Newspaper, she has interviewed Larenz Tate, Illyasah Shabazz, Haile Gerima, Usher, Mara Brock Akil, Dwele, Musiq Soulchild, Talib Qwele, KeKe Wyatt, Monique, Snoop Dog, Charles Stone III, Akon, Pam Grier, Tamara Peterson and countless others in the industry.
Creating her own publication entitled Literafeelya Magazine in 2003, featuring work on arts and politics; the magazine produced twenty-two issues online, and published its first print issue with a grant funded by Young People For in November of 2007.
kYmberly is the former publisher and co-founder of Songhai News: The Black Collegiate Voice-Black Newspaper at the University of Houston. Keeton is also a November 2010 National Novel Writing Month winner, and her first library proposal was accepted at the 2011 Library 2.0 Virtual Conference. In addition, Keeton is the recipient of the 2012 E. J. Josey Library Academic Scholarship
As a collage artist, Keeton’s work has been displayed at the Community Artist’s Collective (Houston, Texas), in the Via Colori Sidewalk Exhibition, and at the MFAH 16th Annual Citywide African American 2012 Artists Exhibition (Heritage Plaza).
Currently, Keeton is hosting a private studio art series, is the Associate Editor at ThyBlackMan.com; is a graduate student, and hosts a blog entitled digibooklibrarian for literary enthusiasts.