Headshot of a white woman with blonde hair and glasses. She has her left hand near her face. She wears a neutral expression, not quite smiling.Kayla Whaley lives outside Atlanta, Georgia, where she buys too many books and drinks too many lattes.

A graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, she is currently an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at the University of Tampa. No matter the genre, though, her work tends to focus on disability, sexuality, and the body.

Among other venues, her work has appeared at Catapult, The Toast, The Establishment, Bustle, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Outline, Uncanny Magazine, Book Riot, and in the anthologies Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World (Algonquin) and Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux).

She spent four years as senior editor at Disability in Kidlit, an award-winning site dedicated to discussing the portrayal of disability in middle grade and young adult fiction through reviews, articles, interviews, and round-table 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 at Gallt & Zacker.

You can follow Kayla on Twitter at @PunkinOnWheels.


Landing page photo credit: Charlie Watts.