Kallan McKinney


Kallan McKinney is a queer and trans poet currently living in Norman, Oklahoma. McKinney attended Oklahoma Arts Institute as a creative writing student in 2022, where they developed the confidence to write about their experiences as a trans athlete and artist. McKinney uses poetry to initiate healing conversations about identity in relation to found family, trans joy, and human/environmental interactions.





12:45 pm to 1:45 pm
State Library, Fifth Floor, Capitol View Room
National Student Poets 2023 with Louisiana Poets Laureate
with Darrell Bourque, Jacqueline Flores, Miles Hardingwood, Shangri-La Hou, Kallan McKinney, Gabriella Miranda, Mona Lisa Saloy, and moderator Hannah Jones

2:00 pm to 2:45 pm
Cavalier House Books Tent
Book Signing

2023 National Student Poet, Southwest Region


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