Lily Iona MacKenzie, a Canadian by birth, has taught expository and creative writing, the humanities, and English, at the University of San Francisco (USF) and other Bay Area colleges for over 20 years. She also was co-creator of a radio show for children on the former KTIM in Marin County for two years. A former chair of Marin Poetry Center, she has served on other Marin non-profit boards and is vice-president of the part-time faculty union at USF. Her poetry, critical and personal essays/articles, travel pieces, and short fiction have appeared in numerous U.S. and Canadian publications. She also has completed four novels that are seeking publishers. Her poem “Pursuing Ay” won first prize in a Canadian poetry contest, she received third place in the Portia Steele non-fiction contest for “The Call,” she received honorable mention in “Focus on Writers Contest,” Friends of the Library, Sacramento, for a short story, “Biting Through,” and she was a finalist in the Marin Art’s Council poetry grants competition. Also, the first chapter of her novel Fling received an honorable mention from 1100 entries in the novel category of the “Focus on Writers Contest,” Friends of the Library, Sacramento. In her spare time, she keeps a dream journal, gardens, works out at the gym, and paints.
Follow Lily on her blog: http://lilyionamackenzie.wordpress.com/