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Kaela McNeil is, above all else, a poet.

Kaela received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Georgia Southern University. While attending 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 literature. There she taught the seminar “The Crutch of the Line,” a workshop focusing on the murky waters between prose poetry and flash fiction. While working on her master’s, she also interned for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

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 focuses on self-publishing, 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 @kaela.mcneil