Kirk’s fiction has appeared in many publications. Currently she is working on a novel set in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during World War II. Click on titles below to read select pieces:
Fiction Southeast, “Together”
Juked, “Two Stories”
Covered With Fur (online magazine of A Strange Object), “New School”
> The Material (a photo essay about the inspiration & writing of “New School”)
Guernica, “Michigan: A Love Story” (Kirk wrote this story as a response to Sufjan Stevens’ “Say Yes to Michigan.”)
Essays & nonfiction
Kirk’s first-person essays have been published in Electric Literature, Longreads, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. Follow links to a selection of pieces:
Electric Literature, “Everything I Needed to Know About My Aging Mother I Learned From Grace Paley.” This essay drew inspiration from the New Yorker Fiction podcast of Allan Gurganus reading and discussing “My Father Addresses Me on the Facts of Old Age. You can listen to it here.
Los Angeles Review of Books, “Brief Lives: The Short Stories of Julie Hayden.” This essay was selected by bestselling author Cheryl Strayed as the introduction to the reissue of Hayden’s The Lists of the Past (Pharos Editions).
The New York Times, “Glimpses of an Elusive Quarry: Warblers, Ducks, and My Dad”
book reviews & Interviews
During the past fifteen years, Kirk has worked as a book reviewer, writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. See below for a selection of reviews & interviews:
The New York Times & The New York Times Book Review:
Review of Karen Thompson Walker’s The Dreamers.
Review of Ceridwen Dovey’s In the Garden of the Fugitives.
Review of Matt Bell’s The Scrapper.
Review of Scott Blackwood’s See How Small.
Shortlist of Southern Literature (Daniel Woodrell, Michael Farris Smith, and Claudia Zuluaga)
Review of Chris Adrian’s A Better Angel
Review of Per Petterson’s In the Wake
The San Francisco Chronicle:
Review of William Trevor’s Last Stories
Review of Dan Chaon’s Ill Will
Review of short story collections of Thomas McGuane, Kirstin Valdez Quade, and Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
Review of Jamie Quatro’s I Want to Show You More
Review of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch
The Virginia Quarterly Review:
“The Art of the Steal”: Essay about The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli and Only the Animals: Stories by Ceridwen Dovey
Interviews in LARB:
Interview with Rick Moody, Hotels of North America
Interview with Lily Tuck, The Double Life of Liliane
Interview with Cheryl Strayed about Julie Hayden’s The Lists of the Past