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's received fellowships from Bucknell University's Stadler Center for Poetry, The MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Yaddo, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Richard H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies.
Over the last several years, she's taught workshops, composition courses, and craft classes through programs at Bucknell University, American University, Duke University, George Washington University, The Loft Literary Center, and Yoga Dear. Additionally, she's served in a number of editorial roles over the past few years: Stadler Associate Editor at West Branch, Editorial Assistant at Poet Lore, and manuscript reader at 491 Magazine.
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