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Kayleb Rae Candrilli is the recipient of a PEW Fellowship, Whiting Award, and of a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. They are the author of Water I Won't Touch (Copper Canyon, 2021), All the Gay Saints (Saturnalia 2020), and What Runs Over (YesYes Books, 2017).

What Runs Over won the 2016 Pamet River Prize and was a 2017 Lambda Literary finalist for Transgender Poetry and a finalist for the 2018 American Book Fest's best book award in LGBTQ nonfiction. All the Gay Saints was the winner of the 2018 Saturnalia Book Prize, selected by Natalie Diaz. They are published or forthcoming in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Academy of American Poets, TriQuarterly, Puerto del Sol, Bettering American Poetry, The Boston Review, and others.

Candrilli has served as the nonfiction editor of the Black Warrior Review and as a feature editor for NANO Fiction. They served an Assistant Poetry Editor for Boaat Press from 2017 to 2018. In 2015, Candrilli was a Lambda Literary Emerging Fellow in Nonfiction, and again in 2017 as a fellow in poetry. Kayleb is a Best of the Net winner and has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes (in prose and poetry) and for Best New Poets. They were also a 2017 recipient of a Leeway Art and Change Grant.

Kayleb is available for keynotes, readings, workshops, and panels. For booking availability please use contact form.

Kayleb has earned a Bachelors in English and a Masters in Creative Writing from Penn State University.  They hold both an MFA and an MLIS degree from the University of Alabama. They live in Philadelphia with their partner.

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