katie robinson PZ ’14, Kayla Degala-Paraíso PZ ’18, and CD Eskilson PZ’18 will share their experiences after graduating from Pitzer and how they’ve found a way to continue and support their creative writing practices. This event will take place over Zoom: link here.
katie robinson (all pronouns) is student of love, trauma, and transformation. They are currently a Ph.D. candidate at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where they are exploring the intersections of police and prison abolitionist movement, decoloniality, and depth psychology. Professionally, they have a background in sex education, and currently work as a trainer and facilitator for racial justice and abolitionist movements in unceded Dakota and Anishinaabe territory, so-called Minneapolis. robinson also has an active multidisciplinary art practice, working in poetry, creative nonfiction, performance, and visual art. Their writing has been featured in the 2019 anthology Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose and Pride, and A Darker Wilderness: Black Nature Writing from Soil to Stars from Milkweed Editions. Situated at the intersection of abolition, art, queerness, psychology and education, robinson most wants to create the conditions for people to experience themselves in new and different ways, be it through art, curricula, or trauma healing modalities.
Kayla Degala-Paraíso (she/they) is a queer, Filipinx-American writer, teacher, and community organizer from Brooklyn, NYC. She graduated from Pitzer College in 2018 with a B.A. in English/World Literature (Creative Writing track – Fiction) and a B.A. in Political Studies (focus in Comparative Politics). She was awarded the 2018 Bea Matas Hollfelder Award by the Claremont Consortium for “Morena,” the title story of her Advanced Projects collection. Since graduating, Kayla has published experimental short works in PANK Magazine, Okay Donkey Magazine, ANMLY, and elsewhere. Her debut publication, “This Is How You Haunt Me,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by miniskirt magazine. She teaches virtual creative writing classes through GrubStreet, a Boston-based writing center; teaches literature at UCLA, where she is a current Public Policy and Social Welfare graduate student; consults writers on their projects; and judges teen creative writing contests.
CD Eskilson is a trans poet, editor, and translator living in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Their work appears in the Offing, Ninth Letter, Beloit Poetry Journal, Washington Square Review, and they have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. CD is assistant poetry editor at Split Lip Magazine and outreach coordinator for the Open Mouth Literary Center. They are an MFA candidate at the University of Arkansas, where they received the Walton Family Fellowship in Poetry and Lily Peter Fellowship in Translation.