Mia McKenzie is the award-winning author of The Summer We Got Free and the creator of BGD, a popular media website that amplifies the voices of queer and trans people of color, and Black Girl Dangerous Media, an independent media and education project that centers queer black women and girls.
Her first novel, The Summer We Got Free, won of the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for debut fiction and has been described by the Lambda Literary Review as “simultaneously critical social commentary, ghost story, murder mystery, and queer love story…the craft of the writing is deceptively plain, and in that simplicity, achingly poignant, laser-like in its facility and effect… layers on discovery, insularity and secrets with a deft touch.”
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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mia studied writing at the University of Pittsburgh, where she also was first exposed to black literature and feminism. In 2009, she won the Astraea Foundation Writers Fund Award and, in 2011, the Leeway Foundation Transformation Award.
In 2012, she created Black Girl Dangerous (now BGD), a blog that quickly grew into a phenomenon, publishing over 300 queer and trans writers of color and reaching millions of readers all over the globe.
Her short stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review (Spring 2013) and make/shift (Spring 2013), the latter earning her a Pushcart Prize nomination.
She has been featured in Bitch Magazine, Elixher Magazine, GO Magazine’s 100 Women We Love, Autostraddle’s Hot 100, Examiner’s 10 Top Blogging Feminists Not To Miss, For Harriet’s 17 Black Women Bloggers To Know, and the Huffington Post’s 5 Bloggers Who Are Blogging Better Than You (And Me).