Kayla E. is a queer Latina artist, editor, and designer. A graduate of Harvard University, Kayla holds a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies and was the art director for the Harvard Lampoon. She co-founded the university's first student-run gallery and was awarded the Albert Alcalay Prize in Visual Arts. She is the editor-in-chief of Nat. Brut and works as a freelance designer, public speaker, and artist. She has been profiled by NPR, TIME, The Huffington Post, Design*Sponge, and The Establishment, among others, and served on the jury for American Illustration 36. Born and raised in Texas, Kayla currently resides in coastal South Carolina with her partner and their three animals. Photo of Kayla by Whitney Devin.
As the editor-in-chief and art director of Nat. Brut, an art and literary magazine dedicated to fostering inclusivity in all creative fields, Kayla has transformed the publication into a standard for socially conscious multimedia publishing. Feministing wrote: "Kayla’s (by extension Nat. Brut’s) excitement, enthusiasm, and willingness to try new things is fantastic. It is exactly what you need as you launch a new type of feminist project."
Kayla creates visual concepts to communicate ideas that inspire and inform consumers and readers. She develops layout and production design for marketing campaigns, identity branding, books, magazines, and corporate reports. She is highly experienced in working in both for-profit and nonprofit settings. Her clients include Princeton University, Nautilus Magazine, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Apogee Journal, Foundry Journal, The Home School, and creatives such as Stephanie Newman, Rachel Libeskind, and Cameron Awkward Rich.
In her practice, Kayla confronts issues of violence, abuse, aging, poverty, fundamentalism, and sexuality through a semi-autobiographical character, aptly named "Kayla." Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in The Southeast Review, Nautilus Magazine, The Comics Journal online, Ecotone, The Seventh Wave, The New Delta Review, Black Eye, and The Spectacle. She has exhibited her work in New York, Houston, Cambridge, and Dallas.
As a public speaker, Kayla shares her experience and insight as a practicing artist, editor, and activist. She has been invited to speak at Harvard University, Oberlin College, Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas at Dallas. She was a mainstage speaker at ICON9 Illustration Conference and has been invited to moderate and participate in panels across the country.