Kimi Cunningham Grant is the author of three books: Silver Like Dust is a memoir chronicling her Japanese-American grandparents and their internment during World War II; Fallen Mountains is a literary mystery set in a small town in Pennsylvania, where fracking has just begun; and These Silent Woods is her third and latest. Kimi is a two-time winner of a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Prize in Poetry and a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship in creative nonfiction. Her poems and essays have appeared in Literary Mama, RATTLE, Poet Lore, and Whitefish Review. She studied English at Bucknell University and Messiah College. She lives, writes, and teaches in Pennsylvania.
Kimi and I discuss These Silent Woods, living off the grid, the book's original title, her tweak to the cover design, how writers need to have both the thickest and the thinnest skin, her writing process and how it has changed, and much more.