Photo by Brick Kyle

Photo by Brick Kyle



Shayla Lawson is the author of three books of poetry—A Speed Education in Human Being, the chapbook PANTONE and I Think I’m Ready to see Frank Oceanand the forthcoming essay collection THIS IS MAJOR (Harper Perennial, 2020).  

Her work has appeared in print & online at Tin House, GRAMMA, ESPN, SalonThe OffingGuernica, Colorado Review, Barrelhouse, & MiPOesias.  She curates The Tenderness Project with Ross Gay and writes poems with Chet’la Sebree (pronounced Shayla, no relation).

A MacDowell and Yaddo Artist Colony Fellow, Shayla Lawson currently serves as Writer-in-Residence and Chair of Creative Writing at Amherst College. She is also supported by the Cini Foundation of Venice, Italy, the Allen Fellowship at the New York Public Library and her Havanese—Sammy Davis Jr. Jr.

She is a member of The Affrilachian Poets.


Contact: info [at] shaylalawson [dot] com