McKenzie Lynn Tozan is an international writer, dividing her time between Croatia and Chicago. She lives and travels with her husband, Dragan, their three kiddos (Cadence, Grayson, and Landon – the inspiration for the name of Dragan’s tech repair shop, Grl’ca), and their cat, Effie Mae Trinket (yes, inspired by The Hunger Games and “May the Odds…”). McKenzie is a published poet and writer, high-converting copywriter and book strategist, and Poetry Editor for Muzzle Magazine.
McKenzie received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, where she taught composition, creative writing, and business writing, and worked as the Layout and Design Editor for New Issues Poetry and Prose, and Assistant Poetry Editor for Third Coast. Prior, she received her B.A. in English, B.S. in Education, and Certificate in Psychology, while she taught composition and argumentative writing, worked as the Managing Editor for 42 Miles Press, and volunteered as a Poetry Editor for Analecta.
In early 2015, the final year of her M.F.A. program, McKenzie began accepting independent social media and book strategy clients, in addition to the editing clients she began accepting in 2010. Offering editing, book cover and interior design, professional branding, book marketing plans, publishing assistance, and social media management, McKenzie has helped dozens of clients every year since her official launch in 2015, leading to more successfully-published books and jumpstarting some of today’s top #InstaPoets, “BookTok Made Me Buy It” writers, and New York Times best-selling authors.
When she’s not collaborating with clients, McKenzie is either enjoying life with her family, creating art and playing the piano, or working on her own writing, including poetry, novels, short stories, and essays.
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 have appeared on The Rumpus, Green Mountains Review, BookPage, and IndieReader, and other bookish content has appeared on The Lifestyle Collective, POPSUGAR, The Bookish Weekend, and others. Finally, her essays have appeared in Motherly, Health, Stream Queens, Memoir Mixtapes, and her viral and trending news pieces have appeared all across the Social Edge family, including GeorgeTakei.com, Comic Sands, and Percolately.
Stay tuned, as McKenzie’s first short story collection, What We Find in the Dark, will be available soon, and a serial novel feature will be available to read soon.