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Kendall Klym

Visiting Assistant Professor, Fiction

Pronouns: he/him/his
Office: Morrill Hall 302
Phone: 405-744-8500


Ph.D., English, Creative Writing – Fiction: University of Wales, Aberystwyth
MFA, English, Creative Writing – Fiction: Texas State University
BA, Journalism: Baylor University


Areas of Interest & Expertise
  • short story

  • novel

  • hybrid fiction

  • experimental fiction

  • formalist fiction

  • magic realism

  • environmental writing

  • personal essay

  • the intersection of dance and creative writing as a tool to produce hybrid multimedia published material

Recent Courses Taught
  • Introduction to Creative Writing

  • Fiction Workshop

  • Advanced Fiction Workshop

  • Creative Nonfiction Workshop

  • Composition I

  • Composition II

  • American Literature

  • World Literature

Selected Publications


  • Step Lightly, Livingston Press, 2019.

Selected Journal and Anthology Publications:

  •  “Apotropaic.” The Good Life Review, December 2020

  • “Be a Clown.” Best Short Stories from The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest 2018 Kindle Ed. 2018.

  • “Cheaterz.” Black Fork Review, Issue 5, December 2021.

  • “Come Dance with Me.” Fiction International: World in Pain, November 2018.

  • “Puzzled.” Solstice, Summer Contest Issue, 2021.

  • “Reading Lint.” Broad River Review, December 2021.

  • “Squirrels in the Attic.” Pithead Chapel, Larry Brown Short Story Award Issue, January 2018.

  • “The Caregiver.” Etched Onyx and The Story Discovery Podcast, Fall 2021.

  • “The Obituary.” F(r)iction Award Issue, 2021.

Selected Conference Presentations
  • “Balancing Self with Argument through the Acknowledgment of Community: Incorporating Essays from Emerging Writers into Composition Classes.” 2015 Student Success in Writing Conference, 17 April 2015, Savannah Hilton, Savannah, GA. Panel Presentation.

Professional Appointments and Professional Service
  • Co-chair, Diversity Committee, Department of English, Kennesaw State University

  • Editor, Flycatcher online literary journal

  • Organizer of Sapelo Island trip for Fulbright Scholar Sr. Dr. Dominica Dipio, Kennesaw State University

  • Designer of multi-genre creative writing course presented to and revised for Curriculum Committee, English Department Faculty, and College of Arts and Sciences, Kennesaw State University

  • Judge of top ten short story entries for the Richard M. Sirota Prize and Scholarship, Antioch Writers’ Workshop

  • Speaker for Teaching Assistant Practicum of the Master of Arts in Professional Writing Program, Kennesaw State University

Awards and Recognition
  • Winner of Tartt First Fiction Award for Step Lightly

  • Nominated for a PEN America Literary Award for Step Lightly

  • Nominated for a Pushcart Prize for “A Professional Male Ballet Dancer in Twelve Steps”

  • Nominated for a Pushcart Prize for “Pavlova”

  • Winner, First Prize, Heavy Feather Review Fiction Contest for “Heaven”

  • Winner, First Prize, 2020 F(r)iction Fiction Contest for “The Obituary”

  • Winner, First Prize Puerto del Sol Short Fiction Award for “The Dancing Plague”

  • Winner, Runner-up Prize, Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Award for “Pavlova”

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