Photo by Kali-Ma Nazarene

Photo by Kali-Ma Nazarene

Kyla Marshell is a creative writer whose poems, essays, articles and interviews have appeared in BookforumCalyxEbony.com, ESPNw, Gawker, The GuardianO, the Oprah Magazine, the Poetry FoundationREVIVE MusicSarah Lawrence Magazine SPOOK Magazine, Vinyl Poetry, and elsewhere. She has earned an Academy of American Poets College Prize, Cave Canem and Jacob K. Javits fellowships and residencies to the Vermont Studio Center. In 2013, Ebony.com named  her one of "7 Young Black Writers You Should Know."

Currently, Kyla is at work on a memoir about a chance encounter with a distant relative that leads her to research her family's origins.

She is a graduate of Spelman College with a B.A. in English, and Sarah Lawrence College with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Originally from Boston, she grew up in Silver Spring, MD, Morehead, KY, and Portland, ME, and now lives in New York.