Kailyn writes fiction and nonfiction. She lives in California, splits her time between Oakland and Fort Bragg, and travels when she can. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Literary Hub, Brevity, The Believer, The Cincinnati Review, The Master’s Review, Alta Magazine, and Pleiades, among others. She holds a BA from Reed College and an MFA from the University of New Orleans, where she was the editor of Bayou Magazine.

With support from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Ucross Foundation, Writing by Writers, and the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference, Kailyn writes about California, rural Alaska, fire, addiction, and true love. In 2022, Kailyn will spend several months in the Rogue River Valley as the recipient of the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency, where there is no internet, no cell service, and very little electricity.

Kailyn is currently at work on new fiction. When not writing, she likes to go camping.