selected poems

Palm Reader, Fifth Avenue.” Word Riot. April 2014. Online. Broadside produced by Littoral Press, as winner of the Littoral Press Poetry Prize 2014.

Repatriation.” The Puritan, Issue 27. Online, with audio.

Dress Like Pocahontas, Then Let’s Make Love.” DIALOGIST, Vol. II, Issue IV. Online, with audio. Nominated for Best of the Net 2015.

Fibonacci,” “Fistful of Emilys,” and “Ribbons.” Horse Less Review #18. Online, with audio.

Lubbock.” Deep South Magazine, “Southern Voice,” April 2016.

Token” and “How The Skin Bruises If You Lie There Long Enough.” Boston Review, April 2016.

How To Be A Real Indian.” Narrative magazine, Poem of the Week, October 17, 2016. (Free sign-up to read the full piece.)

When I Say I Love You, This Is What I Mean.” The Adroit Journal Issue 20, March 2017. With audio.

But We Are Still Here.” 92 Street Y’s A New Colossus online festival, July 2017. With audio.

bio

Kenzie is a poet, editor, photographer, designer, and literary activist. She is currently a second-year PhD in English and Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, where she is an Advanced Opportunity Fellow, Chancellor’s Award recipient, and a Teaching Assistant in American Indian Studies. She received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program (‘14), where she received Hopwood Prizes in poetry and non-fiction. She is the recipient of the 2014 Littoral Press Poetry Prize, a 2013Aspen Summer Words Emerging Writers Fellowship from the Aspen Writers’ Foundation, and a Zell residency fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center.

Originally from West Texas, she now shares time between Trondheim, Norway, and her tribe’s reservation in Oneida, Wisconsin. She is at work on her first manuscript in poetry, a chapbook of Texas poems, and a memoir about blood quantum, as well as several opera projects. Her poems have appeared in Sonora Review, The Iowa Review, Indiana ReviewDrunken Boat, SOFTBLOW, ApogeeBoston Review, Narrative, Best New Poets 2016, and other venues, and she is the managing editor of Anthropoid and the founder of Apiary Lit.

Kenzie loves cacti and the two-step. By day she works as a web and ui/ux designer and by night she tries to contact Norman Dubie through her dreams. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology (with Robert Sussman, Tab Rasmussen and field work with John Kelly; graduate ethnographic study with Ruth Behar, linguistic anthropology study with Bernard Perley) and continues to develop work in applied anthropology, ethnopoetics and ethnographic studies, most recently as a Student Representative for the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology. She loves to travel.

education

  • PhD – University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Advanced Opportunity Fellow, Chancellor’s Award (2016-2019)
  • MFA – University of Michigan, Helen Zell Writers’ Program (Poetry, 2014)
  • BA – Washington University in St. Louis (Anthropology, Writing)
  • Archaeological Field school with John Kelly, Cahokia Mounds, IL

teaching

  • Fall 2016 – Spring 2018 – University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, AIS 101: Intro to American Indian Studies Teaching Assistant & leader of 4 weekly discussion sections.
  • April 2015 – Apiary LitGenerative Workshop in Poetry online course – A generative writing workshop for all levels, covering technique fundamentals as well as exploration through prompts and exercises. Divided into themed sections intended to develop a shared vocabulary for the description of writing craft and other arts, such as juxtaposition, mapping, and framework.
  • Spring 2014 – University of Michigan, English 223: Intro to Creative Writing – “The Modern Creative’s Workshop”: a creative writing course focusing on craft, generative exercises, and the reading of texts from a writer’s perspective, developed through a “toolbox” of various techniques and forms, and covering poetry, fiction, and conceptual/visual and digital works.
  • Fall 2013 – University of Michigan, English 125: Writing and Academic Inquiry – “The Craft of Human Inquiry”: a composition course structured around issues of identity, culture, and human nature.

fellowships & residencies

  • Advanced Opportunity Program Fellow – University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, 2016-2019
  • AWP Writer to Writer Mentorship with Ernestine Hayes, fall 2014
  • Zell Postgraduate Fellowship – University of Michigan, 2014-2015
  • Helen Zell Graduate Fellow – University of Michigan, 2012-2014
  • Vermont Studio Center Helen Zell Fellowship, 2013
  • Aspen Summer Words Fellow, 2013
  • Dzanc Disquiet International Literary Prize, scholarship, 2013

experience

  • 2016 – reader, Sundress Press Annual Chapbook competition
  • 2015 – 2016 – Product/UI Designer, Guidings
  • 2015 – co-editor, Bettering American Poetry 2015
  • 2015 – guest editor, Noble / Gas Qtrly
  • 2015 – Reading Panel, Red Paint Hill‘s Bryant-Lisembee Book Prize
  • 2015 – present – Art Editor, Reservoir
  • 2015 – present – Founder & Director of Apiary Lit Workshops & Editorial Services
  • 2013 – present – Founder & Managing Editor of Anthropoid
  • 2012 – Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, PR & Design (social media marketing, ui/ux, web & mobile web, product development, mentor & consultant)
  • 2012 – reader, A Cappella Zoo
  • 2012 – reader, Utter
  • 2012 – design, Orange Quarterly
  • 2009 – present – Strateglobe LLC, digital marketing and media
  • 2008 – 2010 – Washington University in St. Louis – digital humanities lab consultant
  • 2006 – editorial committee, design committee, Bellerive

» work & awards

Work

poetry

 

essay, memoir, interviews

 

opera and lyric

 

awards and residencies

 

conferences & presentations

  • “Facebook and the MFA Admissions Process,” panel member. Association of Writers & Writing Programs Annual Conference, Chicago, 2013.
  • “Writing as Refugees: Collective Trauma & Impossible Return,” panel member. Association of Writers & Writing Programs Annual Conference, Washington D.C., 2017.
  • “Discarding the Cloak of Invisibility: A Candid Look at the Whitewashing in the Potterverse,” panel member. Harry Potter and the Pop Culture Conference, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 2017.
  • “Water Basket.” (About that) Water Is Life art exhibit, curated by Heid E. Erdrich, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, June 9, 2017 – August 13, 2017.
  • “Why Start A Literary Magazine,” panel member. Accepted for Association of Writers & Writing Programs Annual Conference, Tampa Bay, FL, 2018.

 

anthropology

visual poetics

photography

Find my other work here »

photography » art » ui/ux » design 

Events

Next on the Calendar

March 8-10 » AWP 2018 Annual Conference, “Why Start A Literary Magazine?” panel (Tampa Bay, FL). More info TBA.

Archived Events

2017

February 8 – 12 » Reservoir & Anthropoid @ AWP ’17, bookfair table 254, at AWP Annual Conference ’17. Support the journey and purchase signed books and more via Indiegogo. (Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C.)

February 10th, 9 AM – 10:15 AM » Writing as Refugees: Collective Trauma and Impossible Return, panel at AWP Annual Conference ’17, with Fatimah Asghar, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Safia Elhillo, and Monica Sok. This AWP panel is among indigenous, African, Latino, and Asian writers whose work draws upon their experiences of being refugees, relocated, and stateless. While writers communicate their ancestors’ grief through words, they may face repercussions for breaking the silence. Considering the current refugee crisis, Swati Khurana organized this panel to broaden the conversation by discussing when geographical return is impossible, people become undocumented, and war and genocide obliterates a notion of “home.” (Liberty Salon I, J, & K, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C.)

February 10th, 7:30 PM » Off-site Reading with Iron Horse Literary Magazine, grist, and Nashville Review, at AWP Annual Conference ’17 . (Mulebone, 121 14th St NW, Washington D.C.)

February 16 » United We Read poetry & prose UWM student & faculty reading, with Caleb Nelson, Sherri Hoffman, and Lane Hall. (7PM, free, Woodland Pattern Book Center, 720 E Locust St, Milwaukee, WI)

February 25 » BONK! poetry reading & music performance, with Gint Aras, and Koku Gonza. (6PM, free, “Old” Racine Arts Council, 316 6th St, Racine, WI)

May 6 » “Discarding the Cloak of Invisibility: A Candid Look at the Whitewashing in the Potterverse,” at Harry Potter And The Pop Culture Conference, with Jennifer Cross (moderator), Michi Trota, Matt Peters, Susheela Bhat, Suzanne Walker. (free to public, DePaul, Chicago, IL)

June 9- August 13 » “Water Basket” visual poetic project appearing in Heid E. Erdrich’s “(About that) Water Is Life,”at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

2016

September 11 » Poetry Reading at Indian Summer Festival with Franklin Cline. (3PM, Woodland Pattern Stage, 200 N Harbor Dr., Milwaukee)

November 13 » Sundress Publications’ Poets in Pajamas Reading Series #3: Kenzie Allen, hosted by Sam Slaughter, online via Periscope. (Nationally and Internationally available via Periscope app, 7PM EST)

2015

April 1 » Generative Poetry Workshop with Apiary Lit. An online poetry workshop open to all levels, encouraging the production of new work with dedicated feedback.

October 1 » Guest-editing “Electric Resistance” for Noble / Gas Qtrly‘s Issue 202.4 (submission guidelines – deadline Nov. 15)

October 1 » Co-editing Bettering American Poetry 2015 (nomination guidelines – deadline Nov. 30)

2014

February 21 » Mark Webster Reading Series, with Chigozie Obioma. (7:00PM, University of Michigan Helmut Stern Auditorium)

September 25 – 28 » High Plains Society for Applied Anthropologists‘ 2014 Ghost Ranch Retreat, conference theme “Engaging Local Communities and Applied Anthropology.”

October 11 » Seminar: Applying to MFA Programs, hosted by WriterHouse (9:00AM – 4:00PM; Charlottesville, Virginia): A comprehensive all-day class and workshop session for those interested in applying to graduate programs in Creative Writing. Space is limited to 12 students.

November 4 » Helen Zell Postgraduate Fellows Reading Series, Western/Americana Edition, with Nate Marshall and Joe Horton. (7:00PM, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI.)

2013

June 16 – 21 » Aspen Writer’s Foundation’s Summer Words Writing Retreat (Aspen, CO) #aspen

June 29 – July 13 » DISQUIET: Dzanc Books International Literary Program (Lisbon, Portugal) #lisbon #lisboa

August 4 – August 30 » Vermont Studio Center Zell Residency Fellow (Johnson, VT) #vermont

Writings