Micaela Walley is an MFA candidate at the University of Baltimore. She is a poet and essayist who has published personal essays and poems across many platforms including HuffPost, Hobart, ENTROPY, Grub Street, and Okay Donkey Magazine. Her work has been nominated for awards like Best of the Net and Best New Poets. She has also been featured in Z Publishing’s Maryland’s Best Emerging Poets 2019.
Micaela’s recent work revolves around her experience with Trichotillomania, a hair-pulling disorder she’s had since she was five years old. She is also particularly interested in writing about women’s issues, bodily autonomy, and generational trauma. She utilizes her essays to write about moments in which she is sure of her feelings toward a topic, and her poems to write about moments in which she is unsure.
Besides writing, Micaela is interested in the use of social media as a means of human connection. She started an Instagram for her poetry in March 2018 and joined the writing community on Twitter in February of 2019. She also currently works full time in social media marketing.
Some of Micaela’s favorite authors include Roxane Gay, Ada Limon, Heather Christle, Jericho Brown, Ross Gay, Chelsea Hodson, and Mary Oliver. She is currently reading “Godshot” by Chelsea Bieker, a novel that explores a young girl’s experiences in a religious cult.
- Lower Lumbar Support in Hobart
- Self-Portrait as Season 1 of American Idol in Okay Donkey Magazine
- Frankenstein’s Postpartum Depression in Terse Journal