Katie (M.K.) Rainey is a writer, teacher, and editor from Little Rock, Arkansas. She is the Co-Executive Director of the Teaching Artists Guild (TAG) and Project Manager of the International Teaching Artist Collaborative’s EDEN Project. Previously she served as the Director of Community-Word Project’s Teaching Artist Project (TAP) and has been a teaching artist for over 15 years. She previously served as 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 has taught poetry, fiction, theatre, photography, English as a second language, and filmmaking in various parts of the world. For the last seven years, Katie has been teaching at The Young Women’s Leadership School of Queens, NY, working with their 9th grade students on creative writing and using their art-making for activism. She 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 lead to a higher level of critical thinking and a lifelong love for reading, writing, and art overall. Rather than teach the traditional methods of creative writing, she focuses instead on student voice, language, structure, ideas, and having fun in the classroom. When students see writing as fun, rather than a thing they have to do, it becomes a lifelong love rather than a chore. Most importantly, Katie believes that creativity is essential to all aspects of a student’s life, whether they grow up to be an artist or not, and so everyone deserves access to a strong arts education.
As a facilitator, Katie leads workshops for adults on social-emotional learning, curriculum building, career development, creative writing, and more. She believes that students deserve passionate educators who can create culturally responsive pedagogy accessible to all learners. She has developed and facilitated workshops for teachers for over a decade and enjoys working with learners of all ages. Recently, she has been working with teaching artists across the world to develop climate action curriculums in multiple languages that are free for educators everywhere to access.
Katie is the winner of the 2017 Bechtel Prize from 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 previously hosted the Animal Riot Reading Series, and was 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 a co-host of the feminist podcast Rosé All Day Anyways. She lives in Arkansas with her dog. Sometimes she writes things the dog likes. Find out more about Katie here: http://www.mk-rainey.com.