About

A Black woman wearing long brown braids and a black shirt smiles slightly at the camera. She is also wearing rose gold eyeglasses and round yellow earrings.

Recent appearances:

Feb. 27 (11 a.m. EST) — Virtual Author Reading: “Parenting Gone Speculative,” Alternating Current Press. Location: TBD

Mar. 24 (7 p.m. EST) — Virtual Author Reading: “Parenting Gone Speculative,” Alternating Current Press; Conference: Association of Writers & Writing Programs

DW McKinney is a Black American neurodivergent writer and editor. She pens 3 PANELS, a graphic novels and memoir review column, for CNMN Magazine. Her writing is featured in the anthology I’m Speaking Now (Chicken Soup for the Soul, 2021), Elite Daily, Los Angeles Review of Books, HelloGiggles, Narratively, jmww, and [PANK], among others.

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, and a fiction residency with The New Southern Fugitives, in addition to other awards and nominations. She was also a finalist in the 2020 Remember in November Contest in Creative Nonfiction by Hippocampus Magazine.

She serves as an Associate Editor for Shenandoah Literary and Editor-at-Large for Raising Mothers, where she has founded We Are The House: A Virtual Residency for Emerging Writers. 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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