Kenzie is a poet, editor, educator, photographer, designer, and literary activist. 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. Kenzie received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program (‘14), where she was awarded 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. She will begin teaching at York University in Creative Writing & Indigenous Literatures in the fall of 2020.
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 Review, Narrative 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, and as an archivist and volunteer fire lookout for the Sand Mountain Society. She loves to travel.
- 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
- Fall 2020 forthcoming – York University, courses to be announced
- Fall 2018 – MFAs 101 online e-mail course with Literistic. Subscription-based course on applying to MFA programs in Creative Writing, in the form of 10 email lessons and additional online course notes & resource list. (~400 participants)
- Spring 2018 – Poetry workshops co-leader at ICS Milwaukee, via BIG READ Milwaukee / UWM Program. Week-long poetry class and workshop for 5th graders based on readings of Louise Erdrich’s Jacklight
- Spring 2018 – Oneida 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, 4 courses/semesters).
- Summer 2017 – The Adroit Journal Mentorship Program, Mentor. Instructing high-school students through individual syllabus of weekly readings and feedback on generated poems.
- April 2017 – Apiary Lit, 30/30 Writing Marathon – online course space with daily creative writing prompts suitable for all levels and genres. (~100 participants)
- April 2015 – Apiary Lit, Generative 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
- R1 Advanced Opportunity Program Fellow – University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, 2019-2020
- 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
- 2019 – reader, Gloria E. Anzaldúa Poetry Prize, Newfound
- June 2018 – fellowships 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 Publications’ 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