Photo by Marcus K. Bird

Photo by Marcus K. Bird

Kyla Marshell is a creative writer whose poems, essays, articles and interviews have appeared in Bookforum, BuzzFeedCalyxEbony.com, ESPNw, Gawker, The GuardianO, the Oprah Magazine, PEN America, 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 MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center and Fine Arts Work Center. In 2013, Ebony.com named her one of "7 Young Black Writers You Should Know."

Currently, Kyla is at work on a book about a chance encounter with a distant relative that leads her to look deeper into her family's history.

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.