kYmberly Keeton is a graduate of The University of Houston with a B.A. in English-Creative Writing with a minor in African-American Studies (and was awarded a Baccalaureate Degree with Honors in English-Creative Writing & The Graduate Certificate in African-American Studies). She has written six books of poetry and numerous short-stories to be self-published. As a writer, Keeton has traveled throughout the United States and abroad.
Keeton’s first short story:Charlie.Browne.2.Butahflies.&.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. The short-story, now novella, will be self-published in 2012 by litARTMedia™.
As the former City Manager of rolling Out Dallas and entertainment Editor for the Dallas Weekly Newspaper, Keeton interviewed Larenz Tate, Illyasah Shabazz, Haile Gerima, Usher, Dwele, Musiq Soulchild, Talib Qwele, Charles Stone III, Pam Grier, Mara Akil Brock, Tamara Peterson, Mark Curry, and countless others in the industry. Keeton's articles have been published in Young People For.org, Atlanta Voice,The Washington African American Post, The Capitol Outlook, The National Society of Black Engineers, The Ave Magazine, The SacObserver.com, The Miami Times Online, Spinner.com, and Black Chicago Online.net.
kYmberly Keeton created Literafeelya Magazine in 2003...featuring art and politics, the magazine produced twenty-two issues online. The publication was awarded a publishing grant, funded by Young People For, in November of 2007. Keeton is also the former Publisher of Songhai News: The Black Collegiate Voice-Black Newspaper at the University of Houston, and one of three founders of the periodical. She now publishes soflynmythirties, an opinionated cultural blog for women in their thirties.
An arts activist for education, Keeton has produced creative/academic projects with The Arlington Museum of Art, The Writer's Garrett and Fotofest. The writer is an Artist in Residence at The South Dallas Cultural Center. In addition, she is the President of the Houston Black Ladies Art Society, a member of PEN, The American Association of Anthropologists Graduate Chapter, and Sigma Tau Delta Epsilon Phi.
Currently, kYmberly Keeton's marketing her first e-book, It's Cool to Be soflynmythirties...