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Josie McKee

Josephine L. McKee was raised in Vermont and currently lives in Brooklyn. She holds a BFA in Painting from RISD and an MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania. As a painter she explores colors that form an abstract narrative, and as a writer she focuses on abstractions within clear narratives, visual writing and the relationship of history to the present.

In 2013, McKee was invited to lecture on color in the Current Issues Lecture Series at the School of Visual Arts Interior Design department in New York City. She has taught at The University of Pennsylvania, and at New York City museums. Awards include a prose manuscript that was shortlisted for the Bellwether Prize and a poetry manuscript that was a finalist for the Kinereth Gensler Award by Alice James Books. She has held residencies at the Writer’s Room in New York City and the Vermont Studio Center and was a semifinalist for The Nation Discovery Prize. McKee’s poems have been published in periodicals including The Brooklyn Rail.

  • BFA, Rhode Island School of Design
  • MFA, University Of Pennsylvania