Kaya Oakes is the author of four books, including Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture (Henry Holt, 2009); Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church (Counterpoint Press, 2012); and the forthcoming The Nones Are Alright: A New Generation of Seekers, Believers, and Those In Between (Orbis Books, 2015).
She is an editor and contributing writer at the website Killing the Buddha and on the editorial advisory board at the website Religion Dispatches.
She was the co-founder and senior editor of the Utne Independent Press award-winning arts and culture magazine Kitchen Sink. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian (UK), Religion News Service, Cross Currents, America Magazine, Commonweal, National Catholic Reporter, and many other publications. Since 1999, she has taught creative nonfiction, literary journalism, research and expository writing at the University of California, Berkeley.
In 2014, she was the Distinguished Visiting Writer in Creative Nonfiction at St. Mary’s College. A native of Oakland, California, she lives with her husband, a drummer and composer.
Kaya is currently at work on a long form project about gentrification in the Bay Area, and a series of essays on religion and feminism.