Alum Kimberly Reyes Studies Post-Colonialism, Identity in Ireland for Fulbright Scholarship

Friday, February 21, 2020

ECHO LIVE (CORK, IRELAND) -- The first time that Black American Kimberly Reyes walked down Cork’s Patrick Street, she “was shocked.” She recalled: “I saw more Black people that day than I had seen in San Francisco in four years.”

Kimberly, 42, is a Fulbright scholar doing a master’s degree at University College Cork on post-colonialism and identity. Originally from New York, she had been living in San Francisco before coming here.

After her master’s in journalism at Columbia, she attended San Francisco State University where she did a Master’s in fine arts, specializing in poetry.

Poetry has changed Kimberly’s life. In “Running To Stand Still,” she uses pop lyrics in her striking poems and has been described as “a chronicler of migration in all its meanings.”