Kiini Ibura Salaam is a writer, painter, and traveler from New Orleans, Louisiana. The middle child of five, she grew up in a hardscrabble neighborhood with oak and fig trees, locusts and mosquitoes, cousins and neighbors. Kiini's work delves into spheres of human liberation, human connection, and evolution. She employs speculative fiction and creative nonfiction to take readers through mind-bending journeys into the transcendent, the mystical, and the fantastic.
BlogKIS.listartmaking // creativity // Elizabeth Gilbert // Khalil Gibran // Ruth Stone // self-criticism // self-respect // TED talk // The Prophet // writer's block
As human beings, we do a lot of damage to ourselves. Sometimes the most heinous damage we do to ourselves may seem the most benign. It is impossible to tell the toll of those voices—those internal voices that we have running through our minds on continuous loop—the voices that say we aren’t good enough, funny… »
BlogKIS.listcompletion // confidence // dissertation // faith // rejection/acceptance o'meter // Writer // writer's block // writing advice // writing coach // writing struggles
Brooklyn, New York and Baton Rouge, Louisiana It is mid-July and I am just sitting down to write the KIS.list for May and June. Motherhood certainly has something to do with it. I am not mentally engaged with writing in the same single-minded manner I had been before my daughter’s birth. Now, I have very… »
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A few months ago Tim Gaze, a zine editor interested in experimental fiction asked me to write a piece for his zine. He had read the first speculative short story I had ever written, “Of Wings, Nectar, and Ancestors,” in the literary journal Anansi and wanted to read more similar work. In “Of Wings, Nectar,… »