Lynn McGee


Author's Bio

Lynn McGee's collection of poetry, Sober Cooking, was released in 2016 from Spuyten Duyvil Press. Her chapbook Heirloom Bulldog, winner of the Bright Hill Press manuscript contest came out in 2015. An earlier chapbook, Bonanza, won the Hudson Valley Writers Center contest and was published by Slapering Hol Press.

Lynn earned an MFA in Poetry at Columbia University, where she held teaching and merit fellowships. She started her MFA at Brooklyn College/CUNY, where she was awarded the Michael Tuch Foundation Scholarship and was an adjunct professor. She also worked for Allen Ginsberg in his home office, and at The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church.

After completing her MFA, Lynn led poetry workshops with public school students through Teachers & Writers Collaborative. She worked with Brooklyn Public Library tutors, helping them develop poetry workshops for beginning writers and served as deputy director of a GED school in East Harlem. For a short time, Lynn left New York and moved to Dallas, where she taught freshman writing at Southern Methodist University, and computer skills to at-risk tenth graders. She next moved to Washington, DC, where she taught freshman writing at George Washington University. Lynn returned to New York in 2002 and coordinated adult education programs in Manhattan and Brooklyn, taught in GED programs and wrote curricula for the City of New York and CUNY programs. She now works as a communications manager at Borough of Manhattan Community College, The City University of New York (BMCC/CUNY).

Publications & Prizes

Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015)
The Second Word Thursdays Anthology (Bright Hill Press, 1998)
Hard Lines 2 (Faber & Faber, 1985)
Sober Cooking (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 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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Ontario Review
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Pittsburgh Quarterly
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Sun Magazine
The Same
West Coast Review
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In addition to having won a couple chapbook contests, Lynn 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, a semi-finalist for the Dana Award, and a nominee for the Ashland Poetry Prize.

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 in the eighties, before Lynn left Los Angeles in 1986 to move to New York and attend graduate school.

In the nineties, she won the Judith's Room Award as well as the In Our Own Write award from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community 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 program. In 2009, she received the Literacy Assistance Center of New York’s Literacy Recognition Award for her work in adult literacy.

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Last update: Aug 17, 2016