In his debut collection, STEP LIGHTLY, author Kendall Klym expands the definition of dance through the stories of characters who run the gamut from the ghost of a famous ballerina to a humble piano teacher tormented by honeybees. A former professional ballet dancer who has won numerous awards for his fiction writing, Klym skillfully uses words to illuminate dance as a form of communication and means of connection, reflected in the complex dynamics and continuous movements of work, relationships, and life.
Come join us at Old Capitol Books to hear about his experiences in the world of professional ballet!
Sunday 4 August 2019
Old Capitol Books, downtown Monterey
KENDALL KLYM is a creative writer and former professional ballet dancer who incorporates elements of dance into his stories. He is a first-prize winner of the Puerto del Sol Fiction Contest, grand-prize winner of the Astra Arts Festival Writing Contest, second-prize winner of the Writer’s Digest Short Story Contest, a three-time honorable mention winner of The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest, sponsored by the Saturday Evening Post, and a recipient of a two-month fellowship at the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts. He began studying ballet as a teenager in West Hartford, Connecticut, and, upon graduating high school, was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious School of American Ballet in New York City. During his professional ballet career, he landed principal roles in the Kansas City Ballet, Chicago City Ballet, and the Tivoli Pantomimeteatret in Copenhagen, Denmark. After leaving ballet, he worked as a newspaper journalist and earned his PhD in English, with a concentration in Fiction Writing, from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. From 2011 to 2018, he taught creative writing, composition, and literature at Kennesaw State University outside Atlanta, Georgia. His debut collection, STEP LIGHTLY: Stories won the Tartts First Fiction Award from Livingston Press.