Friday, May 15, 2020

New Book!

Routine Bloodwork, Finalist for the Charlotte Mew Prize from Headmistress Press!

This chapbook was released just before the quarantine, so our exciting Oakland book launch at E.M. Wolfman and fabulous San Francisco book launch at Dog Eared Books Castro are postponed TBA. 

However, the chapbook is still available from these websites:

Headmistress Press at

And these bookstores in San Francisco, which are open:

Globus Books
Dog Eared Books Castro

One may also contact me directly at to buy it directly from me. 

What do the critics have to say about it?

"My heart is not a dove. There is nothing/peaceful about it," declares the speaker in "The Pigeon." Accordingly, we see the airports, schedules, and trysts that attend this restlessness. A beautifully crafted villanelle, "The Wayside Inn," anchors this chapbook and the lovers in a temporary harbor."

     --Robin Becker, judge of the Charlotte 

       Mew Prize and author of The Black Bear
       Inside Me

"Fierce, funny, wise, and particular, Colleen McKee's poems speak of love and loss across cities and bodies where the mind is a dryer set on 'maximum setting,' and the words of a 'mean, cute, crazy ex...ricochet' across the heart like a cascade of balls in a pinball machine. Like the most brazen of tightrope walkers, Routine Bloodwork crackles and delights."

     --Hugh Behm-Steinberg, author of Animal 

"Although I have long admired Colleen McKee's prose and verse collections--her poems, memoirs, and stories--this is the book we've been waiting for: a complete, sustained collection of verse from a poet both technically gifted and passionate. It's sexy, witty, unnerving, tragic, and joyous. I love it."

     --Lee Foust, author of Inbetween

Monday, September 3, 2018

Where to Find My Other Books During Quarantine

The Kingdom of Roly-Polys is now available at the following fine locations:

Dog Eared Books Castro, San Francisco
Globus Books, San Francisco
     (both are open for browsing)

Are We Feeling Better Yet? Women Speak About Healthcare in America, co-edited with Amanda Crowell Stiebel, is still available through Amazon

Friday, August 17, 2018

Past Appearances

Perfectly Queer: Great Gift Books!
Tues., Dec. 11th, 2018, 7 p.m.
Dog-Eared Books in the Castro
489 Castro St., San Francisco

Hosted by Wayne Goodman and Richard May
Reading with Sumiko Saulson and Jim 
Free admission.Books for sale. 

11th Annual Beat Museum Poetry    Festival
Sat., Sept. 29th or Sun., Sept.    30th

The Beat Museum
540 Broadway, San Francisco

Two days of poetry and music, hosted by 
Corman-Roberts and Fred Dodsworth. (I will
read on one of these days--day and time
List of readers TBA.
Free with museum admission ($5 for students
and seniors, $8 for other adults). Booksfor sale.  

Alt Beast
Sat., Oct. 6th, 12-5 p.m.
Mosswood Park, Oakland
Near MacArthur BART
Reading times for writers (including me) TBA.
Collectives and authors include: Association
   of Black and Brown Writers, hosted by
   Vernon Keeve III; Be About It Press, 
   hosted by Alexandra Naughton, with Jesse
   Prado and Riss Rosado; Rag Zine, with
   editor Cassandra Rockwood-Rice, Audrey T.
   Williams, Amos White, Sharon Coleman, 
   Laura Close; The Intrinsically Difficult
   Collective, curated by Alex Smith; Paul
   Corman-Roberts, and others TBA.

On the Cusp at Litquake SF
Sat., Oct. 20th, 5 p.m.
3121 16th St, San Francisco

Hosted by Allison Landa
With other writers TBA
Free. Drinks and books for sale

Friday, February 16, 2018

Spring and Summer Appearances

Reading with Lee Foust, moderated by David 
Tues., Mar. 27th, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
St. Mark's Florence, Italy
Via Maggio 16, 50125 Firenze

Free; books for sale

Reading at William Taylor Jr.'s book launch      for From the Essential Handbook on 
    Making It to the Next Whatever
Fri., Apr. 6th, time TBA
The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway, San Francisco

Cassandra Dallett will also read.
Free; books for sale. 

Featured reader at Poetry Express
Mon., July 23rd, 7 p.m.
Himalayan Flavors, 1585
     University Ave., Downtown

Also includes an open mic.
Free. Dinner and books for sale. 

Rolling Writers--Love
Sat., July 28th, 6 p.m.
Rolling Out Bakery, 
1722 Taraval St., San Francisco

It's R-Dub Love, Rolling Writers’ evening of lit and music on romantic love. Featuring Anna Allen, Book Of Jones, Michael Crabtree, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, Sarah HaBa, 
B Lynn Goodwin, Colleen McKee, Carina Mifuel, Sarah Paris, Sandra Wassilie, and Wax Moon.

Free. Food, drinks, and books for sale. 

Flash Fiction Forum
Wed., Aug. 8th, 7 p.m.
Works Gallery
365 South Market St., San Jose

Authors and Works 
1.      Hugh Behm-Steinberg, “Bibles” published in Atticus Review.
2.      Colleen Mckee, “The 59 Cent Pad of Paper” published at 
3.      Jade Bradbury, “What’s Sauce for the Goose”
4.      Elizabeth Nguyen, “T-T-T-Telephone”
5.      Sarah Hinkle, “Family Aptitude Test”
6.      Lita Kurth, “Bed Bath and Beyoncé
7.      Anne Sconberg, “Gin and Thin”


8.      Bob Dickerson, “Stagecraft”
9.      Tarn Wilson, “A Single Mother’s Survival Guide: Money”
10.   Rob Pesich, “Apologies to “Caenorhabditis elegans”
11.   Michelle Myers, “Hair”
12.   Tara Ganguly, “Yes I’m Getting a Puppy”
13.   Bill Kalogeros, “Flight Behavior”
14.   Jared Nardone, “Number of Life” published in Red Wheelbarrow2018
15.   Heidi Eisips. “Mechoniot” (Cars)

Free; beer & soda for sale. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

2018 Appearances: Writing & Music

On the Cusp: Resolutions Gone Wrong

Wed., Jan. 31st, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St., San Francisco

Memoir reading on beautiful mistakes. I'll read with Joseph Kim, Christine No, and Tony Press. Curated by Allison Landa.

$5 in advance, $10 at the door. Books for sale.

Rolling Writers: Mash-Up

Tues., Feb. 13th, time TBA (evening)
The Octopus Salon, 2101 Webster St. (at 22nd in BARTable Downtown Oakland)

I will sing from Shakespeare's Othello; others will do literary and musical performances.

Free; books, food, coffee, & drinks for sale.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

New Book, Upcoming Appearances!

My new book of poetry and memoir, The Kingdom of Roly-Polys, is now available at EM Wolfman Bookstore in downtown Oakland, at Dog-Eared Books in the Castro, San Francisco, and through Pedestrian Press.

Rolling Writers
Rolling Out Bakery
1722 Taraval St., San Francisco
Sat., Nov. 11, time TBA 

Special Shakespeare-themed show with Laura Zink, Jon Sindell, William Taylor, Jr.; John Panzer; Cybelle Zufolo-Siegel, Sandra Wassilie, and others TBA

Recent Appearances

San Francisco Writers Workshop ReadingAlley Cat Books3036 24th St., San FranciscoSun., June 26, 2-5 pm

Colleen will read with other past and present members of the City's longest-running writers workshop. Other readers TBA. Hosted by James Warner. 

Free. Books for sale.

Beast Crawl

Rolling Writers Series presents "The Seven Ages of Man"
Venue TBA, downtown Oakland

Colleen will read with other writers TBA. Hosted by Jon Sindell. 
Free. Books for sale. 

Kingdom of Roly-Polys Book Launch

Reese Gallery

3410 Wisconsin St., St Louis

Th, Mar. 30th, 6:30 (doors at 6)

Ruth Reese, the owner and director of Reese Gallery, is also the sculptor of Oh Daphne, the artwork on the cover of The Kingdom of Roly-Polys. With readings by Colleen McKee, francine j harris, Paul Thiel, and Andrea Jackson. Paintings on display by Laura Panella.

Free, with refreshments. Books for sale. 

Passages on the Lake 

Lake Merritt Hotel Terrace Room

1800 Madison St., Oakland (near 19th St BART)

Wed., April 12, 7 pm

With readings by Colleen McKee and TBA. 

Free admission, with an elegant bar and dinner available. Books for sale. 

Rolling Writers: Let's Jew It!

Rolling Writers Bakery

1722 Taraval St., San Francisco

Sat., April 15, 6-8 pm

With readings by Colleen McKee, Susan Cohen, Rick May, Benjamin Wachs, Lenore Weiss and maybe more TBA. 

Free admission, with yummy cafe food and pastries available for sale. Books also for sale.