Kaya Oakes, MFA Poetry '97

Looking for a powerful and moving read? Check out Kaya's essay "FORGIVENESS IN THE EPOCH OF ME TOO." You don't want to miss reading this!

Kaya Oakes









Kaya Oakes' third book, a hybrid memoir/ethnography, Radical Reinvention, was published by Counterpoint Press in 2012. Her previous nonfiction book, Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture, was published by Henry Holt in 2009 and was selected as a San Francisco Chronicle notable book. She's also the author of a collection of poetry, Telegraph, which received the Transcontinental Poetry Prize from Pavement Saw Press. She was the co-founder and senior editor of the Utne Independent Press Award-winning magazine Kitchen Sink, and she currently writes bout religion and feminism for Killing the Buddha Commonweal, and other magazines and websites. Since 1999, she's taught writign at the University of California, Berkeley. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Saint Mary's College. Kaya has been the recipient of teaching fellowships from the Mellon Faculty Institute and the Bay Area Writing Project, as well as writing awards from the Academy of American Poets. 

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