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Kayla Whaley is a writer living in Georgia, where she spends an irresponsible amount of money on books.

A graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, she writes both short stories and novels. She tends toward the speculative but isn’t immune to realism. While she sometimes ventures into the adult waters, her focus is on middle grade and young adult stories.

She also writes nonfiction, typically personal essays focusing on disability, sexuality, gender, and the ways in which her various identities intersect. Her work has appeared on The Toast, The Establishment, and is upcoming in Kelly Jensen’s YA anthology, FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD.

Outside of writing, she’s an editor at Disability in Kidlit, which is dedicated to discussing the portrayal of disability in middle grade and young adult fiction through reviews, articles, interviews, and roundtable discussions. She also holds a Master’s in Public Administration (which is languishing somewhere in her closet, so the less said about that, the better).

She’s represented by Beth Phelan of The Bent Agency. You can find Kayla on Twitter at @PunkinOnWheels.


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