Kyla Hanington is a Canadian writer and editor now living in Maryland. Her work has appeared in magazines in the United States and in Canada and has been broadcast internationally on CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition. She was a fellow for the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference 2021, served as a reader for the 2021 and 2022 Firecracker Awards, and was a fiction and nonfiction editor at Ponder Review and a nonfiction editor at Variant Literature.
Kyla is currently at work on a collection of short fiction, a memoir that is a study of both memory and family, and two children’s picture book manuscripts.
As a person who returned to university at 35 years old, Kyla is an advocate for returning students and for the transformative power of higher education. She received her BA from Vancouver Island University and completed her MFA in Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She thanks those institutions for their ongoing work changing individual lives and, through them, the world.
In 2021, Kyla established the Kyla Hanington Award for single mothers at Vancouver Island University. Learn more about it here.