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Laurie McKean is a sculptor/poet who resides in Prescott, Arizona. She has graduate degrees in Biology and Special Ed. from University of Arizona and North Carolina State University, respectively. Laurie worked as a bioarchaeologist and environmental biologist for many years, then taught math/sciences/languages and other subjects to adolescents in a psych hospital in North Carolina.
Returning to Arizona, she followed through on a long-held desire to create welded steel sculptures (particularly wearable steel pieces). Her work was shown in a gallery at a sculpture park in Texas and she has pieces exhibited in Arizona, California, Wisconsin, Florida and other places.
In poetry, Laurie has won the Guy Owen Prize (Southern Poetry Review) and other literary awards. Greek mythology and biological images inform both her poetry and sculptural design.