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June is Aromatherapy Awareness Week

Event: Aromatherapy Awareness Week

Time: June 11th – 16th; August 6th – 11th

Project: Olfactory Poetry

In the month of June, I’m sticking my nose into a 💕new project:💕 a poetry collection based primarily on the sense of smell, which I’m calling “olfactory poetry,” like an aromatic extension of “visual poetry.”

This project will be made in recognition of Aromatherapy Awareness Week, which is a  collective effort to raise awareness for the clinical benefits of aromatherapy. I use aromatherapy daily to benefit my life, so this is a conversation of relevance to me.

I’ll be exploring different aromatherapy and scent-based soothing exercises which help me cope with my sensory sensitivity. Maybe my aromatherapy practices will help you, too; at the very least, it’ll give you yet another window into my adult autistic world, the rituals that give my life normalcy.

I’ll also tell a couple of stories that relied entirely on my autistic nose, or what my friends call my “bloodhound nose.” All these aromatherapy recipes, and olfactory-based stories, will be told in poetry.

Currently, planned poems are…

  1. “Another Aromatherapy Recipe for Relaxation”
  2. “Recipe for Recreating Orange County”
  3. “Recipe for the Sunset Wind after the First Rain of 1997”
  4. “Lemon Scented, Cinnamon Demented”
  5. “Pumpkins in the Yankee Candle Store”
  6. “What Predators Will Smell on Mars”
  7. “The Crockpot that Flew Down the Hill”

I’m a huge fan of poetry. I watch slam poetry, read poetry collections, hoard chapbooks like a silver dragon preparing a lair under a cobblestone bridge,…and I’d also like Chase and I to, someday, return to the classes at the bookbinding school in San Francisco, or else sign up for the Fresno State summer arts program, so we can spread handmade poetry spores everywhere.

In August, Chase and I will be releasing a 20x limited-edition chapbook of these 7 poems, which we’ll be 💌selling on eBay💌 with 20% of the proceeds benefiting the Cheetah Conservation Fund, a nonprofit I’ve been supporting via eBay for more than a decade.
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Kourtnie McKenzie holds an MFA (Fiction) from Fresno State and a BA in English (Literature Studies) from Cal State Fullerton. When she isn't writing novellas, she's moonlighting as a professor at Fresno City College and College of the Sequoias. To read more of her writing, visit

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