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After growing up in Oregon and Alaska, Katy McKinney has lived for the past 39 years in Trout Lake, Washington, a small rural community at the base of Mt. Adams near the Columbia River gorge. Retired after teaching 5th and 6th grades at the local K-12 school for nearly thirty years, she now divides her time between her home in Washington, rural Alaska, and in the winters, a sailboat on which she and her husband can be found cruising anywhere from Mexico to Panama.
Her poetry has been published in The Sun, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Sleet Magazine, Haibun Today, Manzanita Quarterly, In Posse Review, Lucid Rhythms, Perigee, RAIN Magazine, Pacific Magazine, and Windfall, as well as in several anthologies (Pontoon 9: an Anthology of Washington State Poets; Not What I Expected: The Unpredictable Road from Womanhood to Motherhood; and Walking Bridges Using Poetry as a Compass). In 2006, she received an M.F.A. in Poetry through Pacific University as part of their program's inaugural graduating class. Her first book, Fireproofing the Woods, was published in 2013 by Dancing Moon Press and is available through www.katymckinney.com. She is currently at work on a chapbook of poems inspired by her time spent at sea.
Winning Entry: Fireproofing the Woods
Contest Won: North Street Book Prize 2019, First Prize
Winning Entry: Worm Bin Sestina
Contest Won: Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest 2015, Honorable Mention, Margaret Reid