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Katie (M.K.) Rainey is a writer, teaching artist, and editor from Little Rock, Arkansas. She was formerly the Director of the Teaching Artist Project (TAP) at Community-Word Project and has been a teaching artist for over 10 years. She has taught poetry, fiction, theatre, photography, English as a second language and filmmaking in various parts of the world. For the last six years, Katie has been teaching at The Young Women’s Leadership School of Queens, working with their 9th grade students on creative writing and using their art-making for activism. As a facilitator for TAP, Katie leads workshops for adults on social-emotional learning, curriculum building, career development, creative writing, and more. Formerly, Katie served as a Co-Chair of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable Teaching Artist Affairs Committee and was a part of the 2018 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Emerging Leaders Boot Camp.

Katie encourages her students to question everything in order to deepen their understanding of the world around them and their own artistic voices. She believes that play and experimentation in the classroom leads to a higher level of critical thinking and a lifelong love for reading and writing. The only thing she cares about in the classroom is making sure her students are having fun. She believes that once they’re moving and playing, the rest (all the vocabulary, skills, structure, voice, language) will come of its own accord.

Katie is the winner of the 2017 Bechtel Prize at Teachers & Writers Magazine, the 2017 Lazuli Literary Group Writing Contest and the 2018 Montana Award for Fiction from Whitefish Review. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Lit Hub, Writer’s Digest, The Collagist, 3AM Magazine, and more. She co-hosts the Animal Riot Reading Series, and is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Animal Riot Press, a literary press that strives to collaborate with writers to create work that matters. She is also the co-host of the feminist podcast Rosé All Day Anyways. She lives in Arkansas with her dog. Sometimes she writes things the dog likes.

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