Kim Cross is a New York Times Best-Selling author and journalist known for meticulously reported literary nonfiction. A full-time freelance writer, she writes for Nieman Storyboard, Outside, Garden & Gun, Southern Living, Bicycling, Bike, ESPN.com, and a few newspapers. Her long-form stories have been recognized in “Best of” lists by the Columbia Journalism Review and included in the Best American Sport Writing.

Kim’s first book, What Stands in a Storm, chronicles the biggest tornado outbreak in recorded weather, the April 2011 storm that unleashed 349 tornados on 21 states, killing at least 324 people. The book won the Fitzgerald Museum Literary Prize for Excellence in Writing and the American Society of Journalists and Authors nonfiction book award. A Barnes & Noble “Discover” pick, it was named one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2015 and was a finalist in the GoodReads Choice Awards. A starred review in Publisher’s Weekly noted its “detail-oriented reporting anchors a novelist’s flair for drama.”

A lover of storytelling in all genres, Kim teaches intermediate creative nonfiction at Boise State University and workshops for The Cabin. She lives with her husband and 12-year-old son in Boise, where they enjoy mountain biking, fly fishing, and playing in the snow.

Other Works

  • NOEL + LEON: What happens when two strangers trust the rides of their lives to the magic of the universe

  • The Redemption of Artis Monroe

  • The King of Tides


Awards and Recognition

  • Amazon's Best Books of 2015
  • GoodReads Choice Awards finalist
  • Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers
  • Best American Sports Writing
  • Fitzgerald Museum Literary Prize for Excellence in Writing
  • American Society of Journalists and Authors Book Award - General Nonfiction
  • American Society of Travel Writers, Lowell Thomas Gold Award
  • International Association of Culinary Professionals Food Writing Award, Culinary Travel