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.


Kenzie is a poet, editor, educator, photographer, designer, and literary activist. She is currently a Dissertator in the English and Creative Writing PhD Program 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 2013 Aspen 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. 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.

Kenzie loves cacti and the two-step. By day she works as a web, product, 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 with Bernard Perley) and continues to develop work in applied anthropology, anthropoetics and ethnographic studies, most recently as a Student Representative for the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology. She loves to travel.


  • PhD – University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Advanced Opportunity Fellow, Chancellor’s Award (2016–)
  • MFA – University of Michigan, Helen Zell Writers’ Program (Poetry, 2014), Zell Graduate Fellow
    • Zell Postgraduate Fellowship (Poetry, 2014-2015)
  • BA – Washington University in St. Louis (Anthropology, Writing)
  • Archaeological Field school with John Kelly, Cahokia Mounds, IL


  • Spring 2018 – Poetry workshops at ICS Milwaukee, via BIG READ Milwaukee / UWM Program.
  • Spring 2018Oneida Nation Arts Program writing workshops series. 4 workshops aimed at helping adult and youth writers generate new work and revise existing material. Workshops include: “Stories & Soup,” a day-long seminar on writing and storytelling, and 3 weekly workshops with topics of “Memories & Mapping,” “Dreams & Hauntings,” and  multi-modal/hybrid writing.
  • Fall 2016 – Spring 2018 – University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, AIS 101: Intro to American Indian Studies Teaching Assistant & leader of 4 weekly 1-hour discussion sections (~60 students).
  • Summer 2017The Adroit Journal Mentorship Program, Mentor. Instructing high-school students through individual syllabus of weekly readings and feedback on generated poems.
  • April 2017Apiary Lit, 30/30 Writing Marathon – online course space with daily creative writing prompts suitable for all levels and genres. (~100 participants)
  • April 2015Apiary LitGenerative Workshop in Poetry online course – A generative writing workshop for all levels, covering technique fundamentals as well as areas for 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/form. (~15 participants)
  • 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. (~20 students)
  • 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. (~20 students)

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


  • 2015 – present – Art Editor, Reservoir
  • 2015 – present – Founder & Director of Apiary Lit Workshops & Editorial Services
  • 2013 – present – Founder & Managing Editor of Anthropoid
  • June 2018 – jury reader, Vermont Studio Center
  • 2017-2018 – Apiary Lit’s 30/30 Online Writing Workspace coordinator, instructor & admin
  • 2017 – mentor/instructor, The Adroit Journal Mentorship Program
  • 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
  • 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




essay, memoir, interviews

opera and lyric


awards and residencies


conferences, readings, exhibitions & presentations

  • “Facebook and the MFA Admissions Process,” panel member. Association of Writers & Writing Programs Annual Conference, Chicago, 2013.
  • Poets in Pajamas Reading Series #3: Kenzie Allen, online reading via Periscope, with video (starts at 21:43).
  • “Writing as Refugees: Collective Trauma & Impossible Return,” panel member. Association of Writers & Writing Programs Annual Conference, Washington D.C., 2017.
  • BONK! February 2017 Reading in Racine, WI, with video.
  • “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. Association of Writers & Writing Programs Annual Conference, Tampa Bay, FL, 2018.
  • “I Wrote You Poems Across Texas” (4 photographs), PHOTOGRAPHY NOW exhibition and opening reception, Kweli Journal International Literary Festival, New York, NY, 2018. Hosted by Ozier Muhammad.
  • “Works in Progress. Writers on Process.” panel member (presenting “Apples, NDNs, and Things Other Than Eve” photo-essay), Kweli Journal International Literary Festival, New York, NY, 2018. Moderated by Cecca Ochoa.


visual poetics


Find my other work here »

photography » art » ui/ux » design 


Next on the Calendar

Spring 2019 » online course, ENG 276: Literature, History, and Sovereignty of Indians in the Upper Midwest, instructor of record (GTA), University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Archived Events


February 24th » “Stories & Soup” Writing Workshop, Hosted by Oneida Nation Arts Program & the Wisconsin Native American Playwright Festival. (10AM – 4 PM, $20, Oneida Nation Community Education Center, 2632 Packerland Dr, Green Bay, WI.)

March 7 – 10 » Anthropoid & Reservoir, bookfair table 225, at AWP Annual Conference ’18. (Tampa Convention Center, Tampa Bay, FL).

March 9th, 3 PM – 4:15 PM » “Why Start A Literary Magazine“, panel at AWP Annual Conference ’18, with Erin Stalcup, Gabriel Blackwell, and Levis Keltner. “Some say more excellent literary journals exist than anyone could ever read, so there’s no need for any more. We disagree. The founders and editors of four mission-driven magazines—The CollagistAnthropoidNewfound, and Waxwing—discuss why we started our journals, and how we’re changing the literary landscape by publishing aesthetically brilliant, diverse voices. We are doing the necessary work of expanding the conversation through the range and rigor of our authors. (Room 15, First Floor, Tampa Convention Center, Tampa Bay, FL)

April 17th, 19th » Poetry Workshops at ICS Milwaukee, hosted by The BIG READ Milwaukee and UWM, with Peter Burzynski, and Franklin K R Kline.

April 11th, 18th, and 25th » “Writer Wednesdays” writing and creative workshops, hosted by Oneida Nation Arts Program. (5-6:30PM, free, Oneida Nation Community Education Center, 2632 Packerland Dr, Green Bay, WI).

May 17th » Syttende Mai (Trondheim, Norway).

July 19th » PHOTOGRAPHY NOW! exhibition, hosted by Ozier Muhammad, Kweli Journal International Literary Festival, 2018. Opening Reception, 6pm-9pm, Raw Space Gallery, Harlem, NY.

July 21st » “Works in Progress. Writers on Process.” panel & reading, moderated by Cecca Ochoa, Kweli Journal International Literary Festival, 2018. 3pm-3:45pm, New York Times Conference Center, New York, NY.


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.


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)


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)


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.)


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


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Kenzie has experience hosting online or in-person writing workshops for beginning or advanced, youth or adult participants writing or creating in multiple genres. 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, preparing applications to graduate programs, and more.