Chet'la (pronounced: Shayla) is the author of Mistress, selected by Cathy Park Hong as the winner of the 2018 New Issues Poetry Prize. In Fall 2019, she will join the Bucknell University community as an assistant professor and the Director for the Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts.
Raised in the Mid-Atlantic, she holds an MFA in Creative Writing, with a focus in poetry, from American University. She has received fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts, The MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Yaddo, the Stadler Center, 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.
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