Stephanie McKenzie is the author of four books of poetry: Bow’s Haunt: The Gusle’s Lessons (published by Meridians, the imprint of Smederevo’s Poet Autumn, an annual poetry festival that takes place in Smederevo, Serbia) and Saviours in This Little Space for Now (2013), Grace Must Wander (2009), and Cutting My Mother’s Hair (2006), all published by Salmon Poetry, Cliffs of Moher, Ireland. Her monograph, published by the University of Toronto Press in 2007, Before the Country: Native Renaissance: Canadian Mythology, went into reprint in early 2019. See blogpost here on UTP website.
McKenzie holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in First Nations writing in Canada of the 1960s and 1970s. McKenzie was born and raised in British Columbia but lives on the opposite Canadian coast now in Corner Brook, NL. She teaches in the English Programme at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, where she is an Associate Professor.
In addition to her academic and literary work, McKenzie was the co-founder and co-producer of The April Rabbit, an annual event held in Corner Brook, NL from 1998-2013, which showcased and promoted emerging writers, artists and musicians. See here for details.
She was also Artistic Director of The March Hare (Atlantic Canada’s largest literary festival) from 2014 until its final year, in 2018. In addition, McKenzie is Interviews Editor for Postcolonial Text.
Read McKenzie’s interview with Rex Brown about the history of The March Hare festival. Watch McKenzie’s interview with Rex Brown, which took place shortly after The March Hare’s last show.