A Writer's Life

Dougie Mackenzie was born in Washington, D.C. He grew up in Middleburg, Virginia and was educated at Georgetown University and the Sorbonne.

A celebrated playwright, he was Pasatiempo Magazine’s 1988 Santa Fe Signature Artist for Writing. His work includes: The Water Gators in Hell (1977), an epic poem, and two plays, “The Splendid Wren,” which opened at The Santa Fe Playhouse in 1996, and the acclaimed “Baby Rugby,” which had its debut at The Armory for the Arts Theatre in Santa Fe, in 1998. The play received plaudits from theatre critic Craig Smith in The New Mexican.

MacKenzie began writing his memoir, Mango Lassie, while still a resident of Santa Fe.

“What I miss most about Santa Fe are the sunsets, the green chile and the good vibes,” the says. “Santa Fe is the elephant graveyard for Sixties freaks. Flower Power is thriving in New Mexico. So is the art world. If you can’t find inspiration in the Land Of Enchantment, you’d better hang it up.”

“I lived the writer’s life also in Paris, Rome, and London, and they can’t touch Santa Fe. I owe my inspiration to twenty-three years of Santa Fe mornings.” Dougie MacKenzie lives in Purcellville, Virginia with his loquacious Burmese cat, Simon.