LILY IONA Mackenzie

California, United States

About me? A Canadian by birth, I now live in the San Francisco Bay Area where I teach writing at the University of San Francisco. I write poetry, fiction, book reviews, critical and personal essays, and travel articles. My work has been published in numerous venues, including Tampa Review, Travelers’ Tales, Cottage Magazine, Anima, Psychological Perspectives, B.C. Outdoors, The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal, Poet's Podium, Crazy Quilt Quarterly, Marin Review, Pilgrimage, The Naval History Magazine, Marin Poetry Anthology, Northern Contours, Heartlands, Afterthoughts, Prairie Journal, Prairie Fire, Other Voices, Voices in Italian American Literature, The Denver Post, and The Vancouver Province.  I've had interviews with award-winning poet Brenda Hillman appear in the Indiana Review and Berkeley Poetry Review. I've also published interviews with Aaron Shurin (Jacket2) and Dean Rader (Southeast Review).  My poetry collection All This was published in October 2011. I recently won first prize in a Canadian poetry contest for my poem "Pursuing Ay," and I received third place in the Portia Steele non-fiction contest for "The Call."  



  • Adjunct professor of rhetoric and comp at University of San Francisco


  • Master of Arts in Humanities from San Francisco State University (May 1984)
  • Master of Arts in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing from San Francisco State University (May 1993)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry