McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives and writes in North Chicago with her family, where she works as a Copywriter, Poet, Book Reviewer, and Book Strategist.
She received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, where she taught composition and worked as the Layout and Design Editor for New Issues Poetry and Prose. Prior, she received her B.A. in English, B.S. in Education, and Certificate in Psychology, while she taught creative writing, composition, and business writing, and worked as the Managing Editor for 42 Miles Press.
By day, she is a freelance Copywriter and Book Strategist. She has created content, copy, white pages, social media and blog content for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and top-name brands. As a Book Strategist and Writing Coach, she has assisted new and emerging authors in establishing themselves online and growing a following, including some of today’s top #InstaPoets and New York Times’ best-selling authors.
By night, she is a poet, journalist, and book reviewer. Her poems have appeared in Encore Magazine, Sleet Magazine, Rogue Agent, Thank You for Swallowing, Whale Road Review, The James Franco Review, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and Analecta, among others. Her book reviews and essays have appeared on The Rumpus, BookPage, Memoir Mixtapes, Health, Motherly, and all across the Social Edge family, including GeorgeTakei.com, Comic Sands, and Percolately.
McKenzie has also served on creative panels, participated in poetry readings, and served as a judge for various writing competitions. She previously assisted at Taylor University, Western Michigan University, and AWP; and her most recent pursuits are in judging the Speculative Fiction category for INSPY’s 2019 Book Awards, creating Lit Shark: A Eco-Poetic Literary Journal, and building a platform for writers to share their work.
When she’s not involved “in books,” McKenzie loves to spend time with her family, whether sitting on the deck in the backyard, exploring something new in Chicago, or cuddling up at home with books or movies (as long as there’s popcorn!).