Kirk’s young adult novel The Bond is forthcoming in December 2018 from Goldenjay Books. Her short fiction has been published in Tomorrow, an anthology of speculative fiction from Kayelle Press; in Beyond the Nightlight, an anthology published by A Murder of Storytellers; and in The Moon Magazine. She won an honorable mention in the Chicago Reader’s 2014 Pure Fiction contest. She is also an award-winning non-fiction writer. Her essay on Belfast is included in the Best American Travel Writing of 2012; she won the Glamour magazine non-fiction contest; and she was featured in Oxford American‘s “Best of the South” issue. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Mother Jones, The Washington Post, The American Scholar, and Sojourners, among other publications. She writes a regular column for the Durham Herald-Sun.
Kirk has also published nonfiction books, including More Terrible Than Death: Massacres, Drugs and America’s War in Colombia (PublicAffairs) and The Monkey’s Paw: New Chronicles from Peru (University of Massachusetts Press). She coedits the The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Duke University) and is an editor of Duke University Press’s World Readers series.
Kirk is a Faculty Co-Chair of the Duke Human Rights Center and is a founding member of the Pauli Murray Project. She is a lecturer in Duke’s Department of Cultural Anthropology. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and holds an MFA in Children’s and Young Adult literature from Vermont College of Fine Arts.