Kayleb Rae Candrilli

Kayleb Rae Candrilli is the author of Water I Won't Touch (Copper Canyon, 2021); All the Gay Saints (Saturnalia, 2020), selected by Natalie Diaz as winner of the 2018 Saturnalia Book Prize; and What Runs Over (YesYes Books, 2017). What Runs Over won the 2016 Pamet River Prize and was a 2017 Lambda Literary finalist in Transgender Poetry and a finalist for the 2018 American Book Fest’s Best Book award in LGBTQ nonfiction. The recipient of a Whiting Award and of fellowships from PEW and the National Endowment of the Arts, Candrilli has been published in journals including Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, The Boston Review, and others, and on the Academy of American Poets website.

Candrilli has served as the nonfiction editor of the Black Warrior Review, a feature editor for NANO Fiction, and an assistant poetry editor for BOAAT Press. A Best of the Net winner and a Pushcart nominee in both prose and poetry, they were named a Lambda Literary Emerging Fellow in Nonfiction in 2015 and an Emerging Fellow in Poetry in 2017. They hold a bachelor’s in English and a master’s in creative writing from Penn State University as well as an MFA and an MLIS degree from the University of Alabama. Candrilli lives in Philadelphia with their partner.


Photo by Jackie Papanier.