About the author

Kirk is the author of numerous books, including The Bond and The Hive Queen, books I and II in “The Bond” trilogy from Blue Crow Books. Her other books include 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.

Her essay on Belfast is included in the Best American Travel Writing anthology of 2012 (Mariner Books). A short story, “Love is a Wild Creature,” is included in Wicked South, Secrets and Lies: Stories for Young Adults (Goldenjay Books). “The Quiet Company,” is included in Tomorrow, an anthology of speculative fiction from Kayelle Press and also appears in Beyond the Nightlight published by A Murder of Storytellers. Another story, “The Dark Army,” appears in the November 2013 edition of The Moon Magazine. “Sugar Pop,” about a teen working in a Chicago bakery, won an honorable mention in the Chicago Reader’s 2014 Pure Fiction contest.

Kirk is a Faculty Co-Chair of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute and is a founding member of the Pauli Murray Project, an initiative of the center that seeks to use the legacy of this Durham daughter to examine the region’s past of slavery, segregation and continuing economic inequality. An author and human rights advocate, Kirk also directed the Belfast program for DukeEngage, in partnership with Healing Through Remembering, an extensive cross-community project dealing with the legacy of past conflict and human rights. She is a lecturer in Duke’s Department of Cultural Anthropology and has a secondary appointment in International Comparative Studies.

She has published widely on issues as diverse as the Andes, torture, the politics of memory, family life and pop culture. An award-winning poet, Kirk also won the 2005 Glamour magazine non-fiction contest with her essay on the death penalty, available in the November 2005 issue. Her essay, “Best dog ever,” is featured in the Oxford American’s “Best of the South” issue published in May 2010. 

More of Kirk’s work is available on her Scribd site. You can subscribe to her newsletter here, like her Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter at @robinkirk and on Instagram.

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