Chet'la (pronounced: Shayla) is the author of Mistress, selected by Cathy Park Hong as the winner of the 2018 New Issues Poetry Prize. Raised in the Mid-Atlantic, 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. In 2018, she was named the co-recipient of Yaddo’s National Endowment of the Arts Residency for Collaborative Teams for her ongoing with collaborator Shayla Lawson.
She is currently Grants Manager and the Wilmington Writers’ Conference Co-Chair at the Delaware Art Museum; however, in fall 2019, she will rejoin the Bucknell community as an Assistant Professor of English and the Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry and Literary Arts.
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