Laurie Macfee is a poet, artist, educator, and art administrator. She recently stepped down from directing the writing program and grants at Vermont Studio Center to help a family member who had a stroke. She is living in Reno, NV through summer.
Writing publications or forthcoming include Forklift, Ohio; Ninth Letter; Tupelo Quarterly; Blue Lyra Review; Terminus; Big Bell Journal; Brushfire; and the anthology Change in the American West. She is currently finishing her first poetry manuscript. 2016 readings include Poem City at Vermont College of Fine Arts; Page Burner at Waking Windows Art & Music Festival (15 writers at 3 locations); and a reading at Vermont Studio Center (listen on SoundCloud). She'll be reading with Sarah Pape at Sundance bookstore in Reno, April 2017, in celebration of National Poetry month.
For 12+ years she worked in non-profit arts admin including as a gallery director, museum school director and curator of education, and co-founder of an art apprenticeship program for at-risk youth. She was part of the art collaborative d3ms (the m!), and has shown her artwork nationally and occasionally internationally. Her photographs of artist Joseph DeLappe's 10-day performative action Project 929 around the Nevada Test Site have been published widely including hyperallergic.com, contemporaryperformance.com, and artthreat.net, and over 200 were added to the permanent collection of the Nevada Museum of Art in 2015. Other exhibitions include Book Arts in the United States, and La Paloma trans_francisco, Austria.
From 2012-2014, she was the Redfield Fellow at the Black Rock Press, and has taught book arts, gallery management, and photography at University of Nevada, Reno. She served as designer for the last three years of the Sierra Nevada Review, and poetry editor for one.
She received her MFA Creative Writing in poetry from Sierra Nevada College in 2015.
She has a BFA Photography and BA Liberal Studies from San Jose State University,
studied in the MFA Fine Arts program at University of South Florida, and the MA Ed program at University of Nevada, Reno.