Kaela McNeil is an award-winning poet and author of the chapbook Violet, poems about love and domestic violence, as well as Brain Tectonics (forthcoming), a full-length collection dealing with mental illness, shame and guilt, as well as self-love. Though primarily a writer of poetry, non-fiction, and flash-fiction, she is also a watercolor, multi-media, and art-marker artist.
Kaela received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Georgia Southern University. While attending the university, she was the vice-president and eventual acting president of the Creative Writing Club where she hosted workshops for undergraduate creative writers. She won the Roy F. Powell Creative Writing Award in Poetry in 2011 for her poems “Heat,” “Architecture,” and “Our Farm” as well as two other publications in the school’s literary magazine The Miscellany.
Kaela also holds her Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, focusing her studies on prose poetry and synecdoche in Irish feminist poetry. There she taught the seminar The Crutch of the Line, a workshop focusing on the murky waters between prose poetry and flash fiction.
Kaela has been published in a multitude of online literary magazines such as Anthropoid and NonBinary Review as well as receiving a nomination for Independent Best American Poetry award. Currently, she is entirely self-published, denying the validity of the current print poetry market, first book scams, and general disdain for the old-school thought of publishing creative writing.
You can find samples of her work on her instagram page @kaelamcneil.