Much of my childhood was spent in Oklahoma exploring the woods near our house. I also spent a lot of time in my room reading books and pretending to teach school to my stuffed animals. And I spent time writing. That was the most fun of all.
In middle school, I was a cheerleader, and in 10th grade became co-captain of my squad. Then I hurt my knee doing a pyramid stunt. The doctor told me I’d never cheer again. I healed and continued to cheer but decided not to tryout in 11th grade and focus on my studies instead. I'm part social butterfly, and it was affecting my grades!
In college, I earned a B.A. in journalism and public relations from the University of Central Oklahoma. I've worked in public relations and as a freelance writer.
I grew up in a military family. Six of my family members have been stationed or worked at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Oklahoma. My Wichita great-grandfather served in the Navy during World War II. My grandfather on my mom's side served in the Air Force also during World War II. My Wichita dad was drafted into the Marine Corps where he served in Vietnam.
I married an Air Force officer who has taken me all over the world. I’ve even flown on an AWACS jet and got to sit in the jump seat behind the pilot! We’ve lived in Germany and South Korea and visited many countries. Our eldest son was born overseas.
I’m an enrolled member of Wichita and Affiliated Tribes. When I was growing up, I never saw a kid like me in books. The ones I read that featured Native characters were stereotypical and talked about us in the past tense. We are still here! I write about contemporary Natives, unsung heroes, and untold history. I want to see ALL of us reflected in books. I hope you’ll join me in one of my stories.
Photo by Prints Charming Photography
Kim Rogers writes books, short stories, and poems across all children’s literature age groups. Her debut picture book, Just Like Grandma, illustrated by Julie Flett, is slated for winter 2023, A Letter for Bob, illustrated by Jonathan Nelson, is planned for summer 2023, and I Am Osage: How Clarence Tinker became the first Native American General, illustrated by Bobby Von Martin comes out in winter of 2024, all with HarperCollins/Heartdrum. She is a contributor to Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids (HarperCollins/Heartdrum, 2021). The cover, illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt, was inspired by Jessie, the protagonist in her short story, “Flying Together.” Her poem, “What is a Powwow” is also included. Kim is an enrolled member of Wichita and Affiliated Tribes and the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. Much of her current writing highlights her Wichita heritage. She lives with her family on her tribe’s ancestral homelands in Oklahoma.