I'm Karin McKie, writer.
I've written 1,500+ features and narrative nonfiction pieces on topics including the arts - film, documentaries, indies, television, theater, dance, circus, art, music, books - plus athletics, activism, careers, events, cats and dogs, China and Taiwan, London, Silicon Valley, the Netherlands, the Windy City, our Nation's Capital, comedy, communities, LGBT, HIV/AIDS, health, live lit, marketing and public relations, milestones, nutrition, politics, sports, yoga, women, Shakespeare and early modern scholarship (writing as Louise Adams for EDGE Media Network).
I created and curated, wrote and read for the live lit improv mash-up Kill Your Darlings.
I received Chicago Dramatists' M.E.H. Lewis playwriting scholarship.
I've interviewed GWAR. And I'd love to chat with and write for you.
You're a thought leader.
I'm your thought writer.
Your story deserves to be heard. We'll work together in a forest of competing narratives to amplify your brand via:
Eblasts, blogs & websites
Above are links to regular, ongoing arts features (Third Coast Review as Karin McKie, EDGE Media Network as Louise Adams), plus articles about marketing and narrative nonfiction pieces about the Resistance ("Crafty") and HIV/AIDS ("Next Season").
Below are published feature samples:
- Travel: "Found in Translation"
- Comedy: "Naked on a High Wire"
- Activism: "People Power"
- Sports: "Building A Bridge"
- Design: "Strange Bedfellows"
- Community: "Wherever the Spartans Take Us"
"Karin is a really talented writer and an energetic spark plug. Her writing has life and vitality, with a great range beyond the kind of academic writing she produced in my classes. She knows how to craft a message, how to turn a phrase, how to craft an arc. Her writing has power: it punches the reader in the gut with emotional intensity and lifts the reader with its optimism. I love to read whatever she writes.
Karin is also energized by the politics of our day. She may have a degree in English, but would also be successful in a communications department: she knows how to find the right buttons to get people motivated to act. She would be a powerhouse in a political consulting firm or a public relations outfit. She's got talent.
Karin has mastered the word. Not some inert word in the dictionary. She knows how to make words work. Relying on Karin to make words sparkle is the best decision anyone can make." - Dr. Andrew Fleck
"Karin is an active creative thinker and formulator of exactly the right message for the given project or event. Her ability to synthesize that message quickly and help make connections to people who can build your audience is invaluable for me as an artist. Her years of experience writing and connecting with the public are invaluable. When it comes to hiring millennials with plenty of knowledge of the latest social platforms, the latest tech whatever, all good, but it comes down to the story. How do you tell it? Do you know your audience? If you have spent your time connecting with tech to make community engagement happen, how is that connection really human? Karin has the heart, the warmth, and the years of experience with real people, real face-to-face situations, and she's super-bright and always on-time, on budget, on deadline." - Dr. Denise La Grassa
“I cannot say enough how much I adore Karin! She participated in CSU Summer Arts solo performance track and she stood out as one of the most hilarious and hardworking participants. I definitely witnessed the other participants gleaning off her years of experience in improv and writing. Karin has her stuff together! She's the sort of prolific culture workers that "gets it" and knows how to juggle many balls at once. She is a maker and supporter of the arts, writer, educator, actor, arts publicist. I would trust Karin to work in a freelance or long-term capacity!” - Kristina Wong
"As Karin's editor at Third Coast Review, I am happy to say that her works as an arts and culture writer is professional, punctual and nothing less than inspired. Her knowledge of theater is instrumental in the comprehensive reviews she writes for Third Coast and she produces thorough and meticulous work, making my job easier. I highly recommend you hire her." - Kimzyn Campbell
|"As a theater journalist, I have had the pleasure of working with Karin as a publicist. I also know her work as a writer, storyteller and performer. She is dedicated, detailed, professional and highly empathetic and brings great understanding and commitment to all the many facets of her career." - Kerry Reid|
"Karin is a passionate speaker, writer and performer. We were honored to award her a M.E.H. Lewis scholarship at Chicago Dramatists so she could develop her work and skills as a playwright. She brings great energy to the room, and is a supportive collaborator!" - Meghan Beals