Kayla Eason is a fiction writer, essayist, and film photographer. She is the author of the novella, Mia, released in 2020 by Orson's Publishing, and a finalist for the Dzanc Fiction Prize in 2019. Mia was described as "...rich, unsettling...both gritty and otherworldly..." (Caitlin Horrocks), "...incandescent...a daring exploration..." (Carolina de Robertis), and "...eerie and stylish..." (Fernando A. Flores).
Her stories and essays are forthcoming or have recently appeared in The Rumpus, Salt Hill Journal, Critical Read, The Real Story, and Parentheses Journal. She holds an MFA in Fiction from San Francisco State University, where she taught as a lecturer. Her creative writing pedagogy centered on multidisciplinary and cross-cultural exploration with an emphasis on contemporary art, art history, film studies, psychology, and translation.
Raised in Angels Camp, a small town in the rural foothills of Northern California, her writing has long explored unassuming pockets of the world, and the peripheral, idiosyncratic people found there. A surreal sense of place, the uncanniness of nature, and a wild silence often rule her imagination. Her essays explore memory and sensorial associations through visual aesthetics, psychology, biology, art, or art history. Alongside writing, she is an avid film photographer. She lives in San Diego, CA, and is currently at work on a short story collection and a novel.