Read an interview with Mia McKenzie.
Mia McKenzie studied writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She's a smart, scrappy Philadelphian (now living in the bay area) with a deep love of vegan pomegranate ice cream and fake fur collars. She is a black feminist and a freaking queer, facts that are often reflected in her writings, which have won her some awards and grants, such as:
- Astraea Foundation Writers Fund Award, 2009
- Leeway Foundation Transformation Award, 2011
Her first novel, The Summer We Got Free, is the winner of the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for debut fiction and has been described by legendary author and critic Jewelle Gomez as:
"...a brilliant tapestry filled with exuberance and anxiety..."
Her short stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review (Spring 2013) and make/shift (Spring 2013). Her recent live performances include Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance, Mangos With Chili Presents: WHIPPED! QTPOC Recipes For Love, Sex & Disaster, and Black Girl Dangerous: Mia McKenzie on Being A Queer Black Femme Nerd In A Ridiculous World, the last of those being a signature reading of her diverse works, performed at universities across the country. Her work has been published in The Guardian and Colorlines, quoted on The Melissa Harris Perry Show and recommended by The Root, Feministing, Angry Asian Man and Crunk Feminist Collective, among others. She is a nerd and the creator of Black Girl Dangerous, a multi-faceted forum for the literary and artistic expression of queer and trans* people of color.
To book Mia McKenzie for a reading or event at your university or other venue, contact Malc Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org