​​Kem Joy Ukwu's fiction has appeared in PANK, Jabberwock Review, Carve, The Brooklyn Quarterly, Auburn Avenue, TINGE, Blackberry: a Magazine, Blue Lake Review and Day One. Her short story collection manuscript  Locked Gray / Linked Blue  was selected as a finalist for the 2016 New American Fiction Prize and was published by the Kindred Books Imprint of  Brain Mill Press.

Kem led a writing workshop each as an Institute Scholar at the 2016 and 2018 Writing from the Margins Institute at Bloomfield College. She has read her work at various reading series, a number of them include Boundless Tales, Franklin Electric Reading Series, Lamprophonic, Why There Are Words-NYC, Line Break Reading Series, Manhattanville Reading Series and Syllable Reading Series.

She earned her bachelor's degree from Brandeis University and her master's degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. Born and raised in the Bronx, she lives in New Jersey with her husband.
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