Chet'la (pronounced: Shayla) hails from the Mid-Atlantic. A Delaware native, she holds an MFA in Creative Writing, with a focus in poetry, from American University. She was the 2014-2016 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University's Stadler Center for Poetry and has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Yaddo, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Richard H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies.
She recently completed her first manuscript, which was a semifinalist for the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Poetry Prize (Persea Books). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Pleiades, wildness, Guernica, and The Account, as well as other journals and anthologies.
Over the last several years, Chet'la has taught workshops, composition courses, and craft classes through programs at Bucknell University, American University, Duke University, George Washington University, Wilmington University, WriterHouse, and Yoga Dear.
Currently, she is the Editor-at-Large for West Branch and a freelance book editor for Cavendish Square Publishing.
Photo courtesy of Mahsa Parvizi