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Kaya Oakes

Author's Bio

Kaya Oakes' nonfiction book, Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture, was published by Henry Holt in 2009. Her memoir, Radical Reinvention, is forthcoming from Counterpoint Press in July, 2012. Her collection of poetry, Telegraph, received the Transcontinental Poetry Prize from Pavement Saw Press. Her poems have appeared in Volt, Conduit, Tarpaulin Sky, Coconut, MiPoesias, Parthenon West Review and numerous other journals. She has twice been a Pushcart nominee and has been the recipient of grants and awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Mellon Foundation, and the Bay Area Writing Project. Born and raised in Oakland, California, she teaches writing at the University of California, Berkeley.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Radical Reinvention (Counterpoint Press, 2012), Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture (Henry Holt, 2009), Telegraph (Pavement Saw Press, 2007)
Journals:
Clutch, Coconut Poetry, Conduit, Eratica, Kitchen Sink Magazine, Make/Shift, MiPOesias, nidus, Parthenon West Review, Rooms, Sawbuck, Shampoo, Spinning Jenny, Taint, Tarpaulin Sky, Verse Daily, Volt
Prizes:
San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book, 2009 LargeHeartedBoy best nonfiction, 2009 Mellon Faculty Institute Fellowship Academy of American Poets Prize Pushcart nomination in nonfiction

Kaya Oakes Resume

Personal Favorites

Favorite Authors:
Shakespeare, James Baldwin, Joan Didion, Patti Smith, John Donne, Allen Ginsberg, Mike Davis, Anne Carson, Thomas Merton, Julio Cortazar, Dorothy Day, Los Bros Hernandez, Dan Clowes, Elizabeth Johnson, Anton Chekhov, Leo Tolstoy, Fydor Dostoyevsky, Elaine Pagels, Colson Whitehead

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Listing last updated: April 29, 2012

More Information

Listed as:
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Born in:
Oakland, CA
Raised in:
Oakland, CA
Agent:
Michelle Brower

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