Barbara J. McKee

Trilogy of One and other poems

Barbara J. McKee — a writer, playwright, actor and performance poet, has done readings for a variety of audiences, emulating the journey of the disabled experience. She is the author of a ten minute play titled The Letter, a dramatic short showcasing a teenage girl with spina bifida and her confrontation about her disability with her father. The play was produced and performed at the Tricklock Theater in Albuquerque. Her poetry book, Trilogy of One and other poems is an eclectic collection of her thoughts and experiences of life before and after her entrance into the disabled culture in 1975. Barbara's poetry and short stories have been published in poetry newsletters, anthologies and university publications.

Barbara was the first wheelchair user to graduate Suma Cum Laude with a degree in culinary arts from an accredited CIA (Culinary Institute of America) school. She writes feature articles and a weekly column for the Albuquerque Tribune. She has created two websites that are now used as teaching tools for several prominent universities: Lenore Chinn — Break in Pulp; and Disability Culture Timeline — A Brief History. The latter website was once quoted in the Scottish National Holocaust Memorial Day website. She was also the webmaster for VSA arts of New Mexico, North Fourth Art Center's previous web site.

Barbara's future includes completing her Masters in Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing and Directing at the University of New Mexico, the expansion and promotion of her production company EPL Productions, Inc., and to further the extermination of the disabled myth Better Off Dead.

Arts Organizations

The North Fourth Art Center is operated by VSA arts of New Mexico, a not-for-profit organization, affiliated with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the national VSA arts network.