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A Black woman wearing rose gold glasses and a black shirt stares at the camera. She has long, skinny braids and circular earrings with yellow hearts printed on them.

Upcoming appearances:

June 24, 2021 (7 p.m. EST)
– live reading for Shenandoah Literary (Washington & Lee University); link to come.

Recent appearances:

February 27, 2021 (5 p.m. EST)
– live reading of featured fiction in Vol. 4, Issue 3 of The New Southern Fugitives

March 4, 2021 (1 p.m. EST)
– virtual guest lecture, “Reading for Creative Writing” at University of Toronto Mississauga

Looking for me? I’m in Nevada.


DW McKinney pens a column, 3 PANELS, at CNMN Magazine and serves as the Senior Nonfiction Columns Editor for Raising Mothers. She is also an Associate Series Editor for wigleaf (Top 50). She was a finalist in the 2020 Remember in November Contest in Creative Nonfiction by Hippocampus Magazine. Nominated for Best American Essays and the Pushcart Prize, her other honors include the “My Time” Fellowship with The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, the Shenandoah Fellowship for BIPOC Editors, a residency with The New Southern Fugitives, and a scholarship from The Hellebore Press, in addition to other awards and nominations. She is also a former editor with The Tishman Review and Linden Avenue Literary Journal.

McKinney’s writing has been featured in Narratively, JMWW Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books, [PANK], HelloGiggles, and Elite Daily, among others. Born in California, she earned a bachelor’s in Biology from Dominican University of California and a master of arts in Anthropology from Texas State University. She now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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