Kyla Marshell is a creative writer whose poems, essays, articles, interviews, and reviews have appeared online and in print, in such publications as Blackbird, Vinyl Poetry, Mythium, Calyx, PMS poemmemoirstory, Eleven Eleven, SPOOK magazine, and elsewhere. Her poetry has earned her such honors as an Academy of American Poets College Prize, Cave Canem and Jacob K. Javits fellowships, a Vermont Studio Center residency, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. More recently, she has expanded her work to include personal essay, journalism, and music reviews, publishing work in the Guardian, Gawker, the Revivalist, Wondaland.com, Sarah Lawrence magazine, and Zora magazine. Her writing has garnered recognition from Ebony.com, who in 2013, named her one of "7 Young Black Writers You Should Know." The lifestyle site Ravishly.com called Kyla one of "3 Emerging Writers Carrying on the Torch of Maya Angelou."
Currently, Kyla is at work on a collection of personal essays inspired by music.
She graduated from Spelman College with a B.A. in English. Originally from Boston, she has also lived in Silver Spring, Maryland, Eastern Kentucky, and Southern Maine, and now lives in New York. http://www.kylamarshell.com