Winner, 2020 Society of Classical Poets Competition
Winner, Scottish International Open Poetry Competition
(see: The Times Literary Supplement. London, Jan. 27, 2017)
St. John’s College Poetry Prize
Joseph Charles MacKenzie is a traditional lyric poet of Catholic inspiration, the only American to have won the Scottish International Poetry Competition. He obtained his B.A. in Literae Humaniores at St. John’s College and his M.A. in French Studies with a minor in Italian at the University of New Mexico. In addition to teaching French at the undergraduate level, he has also taught English in a traditional French lycée. MacKenzie was Poet in Residence at the Club des Poètes (Paris), where he studied with Jean-Pierre Rosnay, the great poet and hero of the French Résistance. Mme Colette Lecourt, whose students included Gérard Depardieu, instructed MacKenzie in verse technique for the stage. The popular director Vicky Messica hired MacKenzie as a literary consultant at the Théâtre des Déchargeurs (rue de Rivoli) where he also recited. MacKenzie studied the history of classic poetry with Roger Guichmerre (of the University of Paris, Sorbonne) and literary history and criticism with Claude-Marie Senninger. He entered the religious life, advanced to the grade of theologian, and was ordained in the traditional Minor Orders of Porter, Lector, Acolyte, and Exorcist. He subsequently left the clerical state and eventually married the beautiful Lady of the Sonnets who inspires his award-winning love poems today.