Louisa McCune is the executive director of Kirkpatrick Foundation. She is a board member of Philanthropy Southwest and Animal Grantmakers and serves as an advisory trustee to the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, and Green Box Arts Festival. She is editor in chief and co-founder of ArtDesk, a member and co-founder of the Oklahoma Roundtable for Animal Welfare, and a member of Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, Club 29.
As executive director, she oversees all aspects of the foundation’s grantmaking, programmatic, financial, and administrative activities, including the foundation’s two initiatives Safe & Humane and ArtDesk magazine.
McCune is a past member of the American Society of Magazine Editors and has served on the boards of City Arts Center, the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers, the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and Wilson Arts, Inc. She is a former committee member for the Thatcher Hoffman Smith prize and judge for the National Magazine Awards.
From 1997 to 2011, she served as editor in chief of Oklahoma Today. Under her guidance, the magazine won more than 250 national and state awards, including three SPJ Best Magazine awards and two Magazine of the Year awards from the International Regional Magazine Association.
Before returning to Oklahoma, McCune was a contributing editor for The American Benefactor and also worked at Worth, George, Harper’s Magazine, Mirabella, and New York. In 1996, she was assistant editor on Fools for Scandal by Gene Lyons, published by Harper’s and a former contributing editor to Green: The Magazine for Personal Finance. Her articles have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, Reader’s Digest, Worth, the Oklahoman, OKC Business, Journal Record, OKC Pets Magazine, World Literature Today, and Zoo Sounds. Her essay, “Family Plots,” appeared in Voices from the Heartland.
In 2003, McCune received the Bill Thurman Memorial Media in the Arts Award at the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award. In 1999, she was named one of “Thirty Under 30” by the Magazine Publishers of America and Folio; in 2002, one of “Forty Under 40” Oklahoma City leaders by OKC Business; and in 2007, an Achiever Under 40 by the Journal Record. In 2013, she received the Pride of the Plainsmen award from Enid High School, and in 2014, she received the Community Service Award from the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest.
An Enid, Oklahoma, native, McCune graduated with a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University in 1992. After college, she worked for Evergreen Helicopters in West Africa on a project to eradicate river blindness and then at the Enid News & Eagle as a general assignment feature writer. She received her pilot’s license in 1993. In 2005, McCune founded the Sallie McFarland Rucks Reader Series at Wilson Elementary in Oklahoma City. Louisa has three sons, McCune, Rucks, and Edward. The live in The Greens neighborhood of Oklahoma City.
About Love Can Be: Literary Collection About Our Animals
“Love can be, and sure enough is, moving in all things, in all places, in all forms of life at the same snap of your finger.”—Woody Guthrie
Oklahoma native Woody Guthrie said it first and best. This new anthology of poems and prose, Love Can Be: A Literary Collection About Our Animals, is proof of what love can be, as thirty acclaimed authors join together to champion life in all its forms. This is their gift to the world, not just the artistry of their words, but their vision of an extended community that includes cats, birds, frogs, butterflies, bears, dogs, raccoons, horses—a full-out menagerie of being that enriches us all.