About

Freesia McKee is a poet, essayist, and hybridist who writes about apathy, empathy, power, and movement.

Freesia’s words have appeared in Plume, Cleaver Magazine, About Place Journal, So to Speak, Gertrude, Bone Bouquet, CALYX, Nimrod, Painted Bride Quarterly, Huffington Post, New Verse News, Lavender Review, Pleiades Book Review, and elsewhere. Freesia won the 2018 Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry from Cutbank. In 2020, Freesia won a Christopher F. Kelly Award for Poetry through the Academy of American Poets and Florida International University. Headmistress Press published Freesia’s chapbook How Distant the City.

After a few years in South Florida, Freesia returned to the Midwest. She lives on the homelands of the Miami people and other Indigenous nations. She serves as an adjunct professor, the essays editor for South Florida Poetry Journal, a writing coach, a freelance editor, and a regular contributor to the Ploughshares blog. She is working on a book of ecopoetry and a collection of lyric essays. Freesia has an MFA in poetry from Florida International University and a BA in Gender & Women’s Studies from Warren Wilson College. She is a regular guest on Anja Notanja’s Subtle Forces Podcast.

More than seventy students have participated in Freesia’s online micro-memoir classes. Sign-ups are now live for her next class, In the Breakroom: Micro-Memoirists Write about Work.

She is also teaching a summer class on the poetic line through the Loft Literary Center called Lineation Laboratory: Harnessing the Power of the Poetic Line.

Freesia writes a regular newsletter on poetry, micro-memoir, and the writing life. Join her mailing list here.