Kim Heikkila is a historian who believes in the power of deep listening and artful storytelling to build bridges between the head and the heart, the unique and the universal, the self and the other. She is committed to breaking the traditional boundaries of genre, voice, style, and structure, blending scholarly research and creative personal writing in work aimed at a general audience. Her award-winning writing has been published in historical journals and literary magazines, including Under the Gum Tree, The Grief Diaries, and Broad! Her new book, Booth Girls: Pregnancy, Adoption, and the Secrets We Kept (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2021) blends history, biography, memoir, oral history, and creative writing in tracing a legacy of contested motherhood. Her first book, Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2011), was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award and Hognander Minnesota History Award. She is the recipient of the 2017 Solon J. Buck Award for Best Article in Minnesota History, the 2012 Creative Writing Award by the Abigail Q. McCarthy Center for Women at St. Catherine University, and an Honorable Mention for the 2012 Denny Prize for Distinction in Writing at St. Catherine University. She owns and operates Spotlight Oral History and is a boxing coach for people with Parkinson’s disease.