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Kim Cross is a New York Times best-selling author of literary nonfiction writing stories laced with tension and meaning, told with the literary techniques of fiction, but grounded in fact-checkable details.

After studying journalism at the University of Alabama, she wrote for Southern Living and Cooking Light. When she was forced into management and away from writing, she ditched her cushy staff position to pursue her real dream: writing books.


Her first book, WHAT STANDS IN A STORM (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2015) chronicled the biggest tornado outbreak on record. It was awarded the Fitzgerald Museum Prize for Excellence in Writing and the American Society of Journalists and Authors book award for general nonfiction. Her second book, THE STAHL HOUSE (Chronicle Chroma, 2012) was featured in Vanity Fair, at Modernism Week in Palm Springs, and on the Getty Museum's podcast.


As an Alexa Rose 2022 grantee, Kim will attend the Auburn Chautauqua, a literary conference
held in rural Ludowici, Georgia. An invitation-only gathering of roughly two dozen of the best
narrative nonfiction writers in the country, this group includes multiple winners of the Pulitzer
Prize and the National Magazine Award.

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