Over Domesticated

Kourtnie McKenzie

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I love to explore the relationship between life and technological advancement, nature and machine. Domestication of wildlife, designer babies, and spinach leaves converted into heart tissue— all of these have so much to say about where biological beings stand in the 21st century landscape.

Although I try to capture the entanglement of life and technology in my fiction and poetry, sometimes words aren't the best medium. So when I reach a crossroad I can't solve with written language, I turn to ink, woodblocks, and computer arts. I'm especially fond of relief printmaking. Each piece is part of a larger mosaic I'm forming to make sense of our electric world.


Kourtnie McKenzie holds an MFA in Fiction from Fresno State and a BA in English from Cal State-Fullerton. Her writing and art have appeared in Barely South Review, Barking Sycamores, Luna Luna, The Mighty, and others. When she isn't writing novellas or creating fine art, she's moonlighting as a professor at community colleges.