selected poems

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.

For a complete list of publications & work, click here.


Kenzie Allen is a descendant of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. She is currently a PhD Candidate in English and Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is an R1-Advanced Opportunity Program Fellow and Chancellor’s Award recipient. She will begin teaching at York University in Creative Writing & Indigenous Literatures in the fall of 2020.

Kenzie’s research centers on documentary and visual poetics, literary cartography, and the enactment of Indigenous sovereignties through creative works. She received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program (‘14), and her BA in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis (’10). Her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, Indiana ReviewNarrative Magazine, Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, Best New Poets 2016, and other venues, and she is the managing editor of Anthropoid and the founder of Apiary Lit. Previously, Kenzie has contributed to technology startups as a web, product, and ui/ux designer. She has served as a Student Representative for the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology, and as an archivist and volunteer fire lookout for the Sand Mountain Society.

Originally from West Texas, she now shares time between Trondheim, Norway, and the Oneida reservation in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She is at work on her first manuscript in poetry, a multimodal chapbook of Texas poems, and a memoir about blood quantum.


  • PhD – University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, English & Creative Writing (Poetry), 2016-2020
    • Cognate Areas: Native American Literature, Documentary Poetics, Visual Poetics; Dissertation Manuscript: Wampum
    • R1-Advanced Opportunity Program Fellow (2019-2020); Advanced Opportunity Program Fellow (2016-2019); Chancellor’s Award (2016)
  • MFA – University of Michigan, Helen Zell Writers’ Program (Poetry), 2014
    • Zell Postgraduate Fellowship (Poetry, 2014-2015); Postgraduate manuscript: Ann Arbor Venus Walks Into A Bar
    • Zell Graduate Fellow (2012-2014); Thesis: Firewater, Hopwood Award 1st prize (Helen S. & John Wagner Award)
  • BA – Washington University in St. Louis (Anthropology, minor in Writing), 2010
    • Archaeological Field school with John Kelly, Cahokia Mounds, IL

other fellowships & residencies

  • AWP Writer to Writer Mentorship with Ernestine Hayes, fall 2014
  • Vermont Studio Center Helen Zell Fellowship, 2013
  • Aspen Summer Words Fellow, 2013
  • Dzanc Disquiet International Literary Prize, scholarship, 2013

>> teaching & work experience here



May 7-9 » “‘Good Words’: Alternative Storytelling Methods in Indigenous Poetry” paper presentation @ Native American Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Conference 2020, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Conference cancelled.

September 9th » York University classes begin; Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Teaching AP/EN 2600: Intro to Creative Writing (M 11:30am-2:30pm) & AP/EN 3620: Intermediate Poetry Workshop (Th 11:30-2:30pm).

>> previous events here


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Kenzie is experienced in hosting online or in-person writing workshops for youth or adult participants. She loves to help creatives of all kinds spur the generation of new work, or navigate the re-visioning / re-mixing of existing material. Additional presentation topics include: visual/multimodal writing, digital writing/publishing, Indigenous storytelling, memoir & creative ethnography, preparing applications to graduate programs, and more.

Kenzie’s free MFAs 101 email-course, presented by Literistic, can be found here.