Chet'la (pronounced: Shayla) is the author of Mistress, selected by Cathy Park Hong as the winner of the 2018 New Issues Poetry Prize. 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. Her poetry and prose have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Pleiades, wildness, Guernica, Poetry International, 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. She has served as Editor-at-Large for West Branch and a manuscript reader for 491 Magazine.
She is currently an editor for Cavendish Square Publishing.
Photo courtesy of Mahsa Parvizi