100 Women We Love: Mia McKenzie
by Kat Long, Jacqueline Frances and Andrew Collins
June 14, 2013

Mia McKenzie often describes herself as a "smart, scrappy Philadelphian with a deep love of fake-fur collars and people of color." She's also an award-winning author whose debut novel, The Summer We Got Free, moved writer-critic Jewelle Gomez to call it "a brilliant tapestry filled with exuberance and anxiety." A 2013 Lambda Literary Award finalist, The Summer We Got Free is McKenzie's crowning achievement to date. "I've done a lot of things I'm proud of, particularly in the last couple of years," she said. "[But] I'm most proud of [the novel] because of the way it is impacting the lives of queer folks of color, many of whom have told me that it's the book they've been waiting for all of their lives." To further her affinity for those on the banks of the mainstream, she created Black Girl Dangerous, a blog and place of expression for queer and trans people of color. Mia's short fiction has appeared in the literary magazine The Kenyon Review, and she also performs live; most recently, bringing Black Girl Dangerous: Mia McKenzie on Being a Queer Black Femme Nerd in a Ridiculous World to universities across the country. –DN

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