Kailey Tedesco grew up near the Pine Barrens in New Jersey, but she has spent her adult years living in various parts of Pennsylvania. In 2016, she received her MFA in creative Writing from Arcadia University where she graduated with distinguished honors as a member of the selective Alpha Epsilon Lambda honors society. She’s an enthusiastic and passionate individual who knows a lot of a ghost stories.
She is the author of two poetry books, She Used to be on a Milk Carton and These Ghosts of Mine, Siamese. Her poetry and essays all tend to focus on occult themes, witchcraft, gothic imagery, Catholicism, girlhood, kitsch, and confessional writings. She is most consistently inspired by David Lynch, Shirley Jackson, and the Lizzie Borden trials. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and her work has been written about in publications such as New Pages, Beach Sloth, and others.
as an editor
During her MFA program, Kailey edited poetry Marathon Literary Review and Lehigh Valley Vanguard. Since graduating, she has focused much of her energy into Rag Queen Periodical, a feminist e-publication she co-founded with Marlana Eck in 2015. She now acts as the sole creative director and editor-in-chief. She is currently interested in taking on additional roles as an editor.
as a teacher
Kailey has four years of diverse teaching experience at the secondary and post-secondary levels. In the higher ed classroom, she has taught Composition, Literature, Women in Literature, Gender Studies, Thought & Expression and more. She is also a co-advisor of Northampton’s poetry club and a recurring panelist at Arcadia University’s annual poetry symposium. In 2015, she founded the Lehigh Valley Young Writer’s Festival, a one time literary event for teen writers.
Since 2013, Kailey has shared her work at various reading venues across the East Coast. She is a recurring performer in the Poetry Brothel where she plays the character, Hortensia Celeste. She has also curated an ongoing themed reading series for The Spiral Bookcase, a popular bookstore and curiosity shop in Philadelphia, PA. She is interested in collaborating with her community members on various projects, and she has flexibility to travel for readings, events, etc.