bio

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.

education

  • 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

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

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