Kim Märkl, born in 1961 in Cleveland, is an author, composer, and clarinetist. Her stories and compositions have been released as audiobooks featuring personalities like Sir Roger Moore, Jennifer Larmore, and Thomas Hampson. The German edition of her series, The Art of Stories and Music,was published by Monarda Publishing House, and Atlantic Crossing Records released the English edition.

Her plays, Confessions of a Violin Dealerand The King and The Empress, have been performed in Germany. In addition, performances of her pieces combining stories and music have taken place throughout Europe. Lufthansa and German Wings have featured her recordings on their inflight entertainment programs.

The Leopold Media Prize was awarded to her CD production The Story of the Ring of the Nibelung, and her recordings, A Dream of Jazz and The Song of The Torero,were finalists. Her children’s books have been published in Switzerland and Germany.

She received her Bachelor of Music from Indiana University, her Master of Music from Northwestern University, and a soloist diploma in clarinet performance from the Freiburg Conservatory. In 1985, she was awarded a Fulbright Grant. She has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. As a clarinet instructor, she has taught at universities and music schools, as well as privately. I Can’t Wear Wool is her debut book of essays.