Flash Audio Series : “Why I Write” by Lily Iona MacKenzie

About Lily Iona MacKenzie

A Canadian by birth, Lily Iona Mackenzie seeks instruction about writing fiction from clouds. Just as they provide the earth with much-needed water, stories have a similar function, preparing the mind to receive new ideas. Conditions inside a cloud are not static—water droplets are constantly forming and re-evaporating. Stories, too, change, depending on who is reading them, each one giving life to its readers.

She has taught expository and creative writing, the humanities, and English, at the University of San Francisco and other Bay Area colleges for over 25 years. Her poetry, critical and personal essays, travel pieces, and short fiction have appeared in numerous U.S. and Canadian publications. All This, a poetry collection, was published in 2011. A recent issue of Notes Magazine featured her as the spotlight author, showcasing her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Fling, one of her novels, will be published in July 2015. lilyionamackenzie.wordpress.com