Kayla Cayasso

Kayla Cayasso
PhD Candidate, Graduate Instructor, George Washington Carver Fellow
04 Tate Hall

PhD, English — Creative Writing, University of Missouri – Columbia, in progress

MFA, Creative Writing — Fiction, University of Central Florida 2023

BS, African American Studies, Florida A&M University 2021

Research and Teaching

Areas of Study:

  • Creative Writing (fiction & poetry)
  • Black Literature
  • African American Studies

Pronouns: she/her

Kayla Cayasso is a fiction writer and poet whose work explores the impacts of collective trauma on Black and Latinx families across time and the power struggles that take place within these family units. Her work has appeared in Jabberwock Review, The Amistad, River & South Review, Saw Palm, and elsewhere. Kayla taught Introduction to Creative Writing at University of Central Florida, and currently teaches Composition at University of Missouri – Columbia.

Awards and Honors

George Washington Carver Fellow, 2023-2028

UCF Three Minute Thesis, Peoples’ Choice, 2023

AWP Intro to Journals nomination for “She, The Creator”, 2023

UCF-FAMU Feeder Fellow, 2021-2023

FAMU Annual Writing Contest, first place in fiction for “Mother”, 2021

Hollins Book Award, 2012

Selected Publications

Author site