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Published by She Writes Press 

Kim Fairley chronicles her experience during the early years of Title IX and sorts through the lifelong impact of the backbreaking and sometimes soul-crushing work of competitive swimming.

“Kim Fairley has an important story to tell, and she tells it beautifully as well as accurately. The struggles she faced in the pool barely compare to the challenges she faced out of the water, and the lessons she learned are important ones for all of us.”

—John Naber, Olympic swimming champion, broadcaster, and author of Eureka, Olympic Trivia Challenge! and Awaken the Olympian Within

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Kim Fairley is an artist and memoirist based in Michigan who writes about wrestling with secrets and the power of dealing with trauma. Her most recent memoir, Swimming for My Life, chronicles her experience as a competitive swimmer during the early years of Title IX.

She has written two other books: Shooting Out the Lights: A Memoir and Boreal Ties: Photographs and Two Diaries of the 1901 Peary Relief Expedition.

She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended the University of Southern California. She holds an MFA in mixed media from the University of Michigan.


See Kim Fairley's interview in Authority Magazine