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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:

Sept. 8, 2021, 10 a.m. PDT
– Manuscript to Marketplace: Conversations from Within Publishing, Juniper Editing & Creative

Sept. 13, 2021, 8:20 a.m. CDT
– In conversation with English students from John Burroughs School in Missouri


DW McKinney pens a column, 3 PANELS, for CNMN Magazine. She serves as an Associate Editor for Shenandoah Literary and Senior Nonfiction Columns Editor for Raising Mothers. 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 inaugural Shenandoah Fellowship for BIPOC Editors, a fiction 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 the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, 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.


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