Fiction

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: 

Texas Highways, “Her Very Native Habitat: A runner reflects on Lady Bird Johnson’s legacy and the companionship of nature.”

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.

Longreads,From One Friendship, Lessons on Life, AIDS, Death and Childlessness” 

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

“Female Friendship: Debut Novels by Rufi Thorpe & Emily Gould”

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