Kyla Marshell is a creative writer whose poems, essays, articles and interviews have appeared in The Guardian, Gawker, BuzzFeed, Kinfolk, O, the Oprah Magazine, the Poetry Foundation, Vinyl Poetry, and elsewhere. She has earned an Academy of American Poets College Prize, a Jacob K. Javits fellowship, and is a Cave Canem and MacDowell Colony fellow. 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 seek out other lost and hidden members of her family.
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.