Kirk is the author of The Bond, the first in a fantasy series by Blue Crow Publishing. Her short story, “Love is a Wild Creature,” is featured in Wicked South: Secrets and Lies: Stories for Young Adults, also by Blue Crow. She is an award-winning poet. In addition, she's published three nonfiction books on human rights in Latin America as well as essays, articles, and opeds.
Kirk is a human rights advocate and serves as Faculty Co-Chair of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute and is a founding member of the Pauli Murray Project, an initiative of the center that seeks to use the legacy of this Durham daughter to examine the region’s past of slavery, segregation and continuing economic inequality. Kirk directs Dukes Human Rights Certificate program. As a senior researcher, Kirk authored, co-authored and edited over twelve reports for Human Rights Watch, all available on-line.