Kaya Oakes

Kaya Oakes is the author of five books, most recently including “The Nones Are Alright” (Orbis Books, 2015) and “Radical Reinvention”(Counterpoint Press, 2012). “The Defiant Middle: How Women Claim Life’s In Betweens to Remake the World,” was published by Broadleaf Books in 2021. Her sixth book, on the limits of forgiveness, is forthcoming in 2024. 

Kaya’s essays and journalism have appeared in The New Republic, Slate, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Sojourners, National Catholic Reporter, Commonweal, Religion Dispatches, Tricycle, On Being, America and many other publications. She also writes a quarterly column for The Revealer on forgiveness. She was the co-founder of the arts and culture magazine Kitchen Sink, and is currently on the editorial board of the website Killing the Buddha. Kaya received Religion News Association’s award for best commentary in 2021. 

Since 1999, Kaya has been a faculty member in the College Writing Programs at UC Berkeley, where she teaches creative nonfiction, composition and research writing. She has also been a distinguished visiting writer in nonfiction at St. Mary’s College as well as guest faculty at Bellarmine University and the Jesuit School of Theology at the Graduate Theological Union. Kaya was born and raised in Oakland, California, where she still lives. 


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