Kayla Geitzler was born and raised in Moncton, New Brunswick. Her adventurous spirit has taken her all over the world and onto cruise ships, where she worked for two years. This inspired her first poetry collection That Light Feeling Under Your Feet. Published by NeWest Press in 2018, it won the 2016 WFNB Alfred G. Bailey Prize, made the Calgary Bestseller List, and was shortlisted for the 2018 NB Fiddlehead Poetry Prize and Alberta Publishers’ Award. The CBC has recognized Kayla Geitzler as a poet who reflects “the enduring strength of the literary form in this country” and All Lit Up has named her a “Rad Woman of Canadian Poetry”.
Kayla Geitzler holds an MA in English Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick, has worked on the largest pipeline projects in Canada, and has designed courseware for Air Traffic Controllers. She is the host of the Attic Owl Reading Series, the Moncton Representative for the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, and a member of Poetry in Voice and the League of Canadian Poets. Her writing has appeared in The Fiddlehead, Galleon, Poetry is Dead, Les Effeuilleuses, Gnaw and Gnarl: A Chapbook of NB Poets, and, most recently, in Thirteen: New Collected Poems from LGBTQI2S Writers in Canada. She has read at literary festivals across Canada and the 2019 Frye Festival’s Prelude. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming multilingual chapbook of NB Women Writers, Cadence. Kayla Geitzler works as an editor and consultant, so that she can help businesses and writers capture their best writing.