About

Freesia McKee is a poet and essayist 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 Miami, Freesia returned to the Midwest and currently lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She serves as an adjunct professor, an essays editor and book reviewer for South Florida Poetry Journal, a writing coach, and a freelance editor. She is working on a hybrid collection of poems and flash nonfiction. 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 sixty students have participated in Freesia’s online micro-memoir classes. Sign-ups are open for her newest micro-memoir offering, “Micro-Memoirists Repair” which begins in late March.