Lynn McGee


Author's Bio

Lynn McGee is the author of the poetry collection Tracks (Broadstone Books, 2019);  Sober Cooking (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2016), and two award-winning poetry chapbooks: Heirloom Bulldog (Bright Hill Press, 2015) and Bonanza (Slapering Hol Press, 1997). Her children's book, Starting Over in Sunset Park, co-written with José Pelauz, is forthcoming in Fall 2020 from Tilbury House Publishers, distributed by Norton.

Lynn's poems are forthcoming (as of January 2020) in The Tampa Review, Saranac Review and Across the Waves: Contemporary Poetry from Ireland and the United States (Salmon Books). Ten poems from her 17-part series "Crush," part of a new manuscript, Blockbuster Love, are forthcoming in What Rough Beast, from Indolent Books. Lynn's poem, "My Seven-Season Friendship With a Russian Spy," with audio by Chicago composer Bill Parod is forthcoming from Atticus Review. 

Lynn earned an MFA in Poetry at Columbia University, where she held teaching and merit fellowships. She serves on the advisory board of Slapering Hol Press of the Hudson Valley Writers Center and co-curates the Lunar Walk Poetry Series with Gerry LaFemina and Madeleine Barnes. She has taught writing at private and public colleges (George Washington University, Columbia University, Southern Methodist University, Brooklyn College/CUNY) as well as having led poetry workshops in New York City public schools through Teachers and Writers Collaborative. Today she works as a communications manager in a CUNY college.


Publications & Prizes

Stonewall's Legacy (Local Gems Press, 2019)
Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015)
The Second Word Thursdays Anthology (Bright Hill Press, 1998)
Hard Lines 2 (Faber & Faber, 1985)
Tracks (Broadstone Books, 2019)
Sober Cooking (Spuyten Duyvil, 2016)
Heirloom Bulldog (Bright Hill Press, 2015)
Bonanza (Slapering Hol Press, 1997)
2 Bridges Review
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Big City Lit
Bijou Poetry Review
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Literary Mama
Manhattan Poetry Review
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Nine Muses Poetry
Ontario Review
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Pittsburgh Quarterly
Potomac Review
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Sun Magazine
The Same
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West Coast Review
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Besides having won two chapbook contests, Lynn was a 2015 Nominee for the Best of the Net award, a nominee for the McGovern Prize and a 2019 and 1997 nominee for the Pushcart Prize. She was a finalist and semi-finalist in The New Guard Literary Review’s contest judged by Donald Hall. She was a finalist in the War Poetry contest, and a semi-finalist for the Dana Award. Lynn’s poem "The Invisible Man" is featured in an artwork of the same name by American contemporary artist Betye Saar, who noticed the poem when it was published in the L.A. Weekly, before Lynn moved to New York. In the nineties, she won a MacDowell fellowship, the Judith's Room Emerging Writers Award and the In Our Own Write award from the LGBT Center in New York, which later presented her with the Heart of the Center Award for leading, as a volunteer, their first GED test-prep and math program. In 2009, she received the Literacy Recognition Award from the Literacy Assistance Center of New York, for her work in adult literacy. 

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Last update: Jan 02, 2020