Kaya Oakes Essay Writer

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Kaya Oakes teaches writing at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of four books, including Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture (Henry Holt, 2009); Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church (Counterpoint Press, 2012); and the forthcoming The Nones Are Alright: A New Generation of Seekers, Believers, and Those In-Between (Orbis Books, 2015). She is an editor and contributing writer at the website Killing the Buddha and on the editorial advisory board at the website Religion Dispatches. She was the co-founder and senior editor of the Utne Independent Press award-winning arts and culture magazine Kitchen Sink. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian (UK), Religion News Service, Salon, The Washington Post, Cross Currents, America Magazine, Commonweal, National Catholic Reporter, and many other publications. In 2014, she was the Distinguished Visiting Writer in Creative Nonfiction at St. Mary’s College. A native of Oakland, California, she lives with her husband, a drummer and composer. She is currently at work on a long form project about gentrification in the Bay Area, and a series of essays on religion and feminism.

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Kaya Oakes teaches College Writing R1A, R4B, 110, 130 and 131 (creative nonfiction), and has been a lecturer in College Writing since 2000. She is the author of four books, most recently including The Nones Are Alright (Orbis Books: 2015, Religion News Association best books finalist), Radical Reinvention (Counterpoint Press: 2012), and Slanted and Enchanted (Henry Holt: 2009, San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book). Her essays and journalism have appeared in The Guardian, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy,Sojourners, On Being, and many other publications, and she is a senior contributing writer at Religion Dispatches, a contributing editor at Killing the Buddha, and a staff writer at America Magazine. In 2016, she was among agroup of international writers who traveled to the Vatican to study reporting on religion in politically tumultous times. At Berkeley, she was the recipient of an innovation grant and a faculty fellowship from the Mellon Faculty Institute for Undergraduate Research, and a Lecturer Teaching Fellowship. She holds an MFA in creative writing and has done postgraduate work in writing and education at Berkeley. Her books are widely taught, and she travels frequently to colleges and conferences around the country to speak and guest teach, but she mostly enjoys spending time in her hometown of Oakland, California. 

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