Kailey Tedesco


Kailey Tedesco is a caulbearer who lives in Bethlehem, PA with her soon-to-be-husband, Joey Edsall, and their two cats, Coraline and Marzipan. She has been teaching at various levels for over five years and writing for quite a bit longer than that. In 2016, she received her MFA in Creative Writing from Arcadia University. Currently, she teaches courses at Moravian College, Northampton Community College, and Lehigh Carbon Community College. She is the co-founder of Rag Queen Periodical and an associate editor for Luna Luna Magazine. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net. When she’s not planning her Twin Peaks themed wedding, she likes to join up with the Poetry Brothel and perform as Hortensia Celeste.

Some of her inspirations and interests include Shirley Jackson, Sylvia Plath, Lizzie Borden, The Fox Sisters, ectoplasm, pumpkin spice lattes, witchcraft, costume jewelry, Twin Peaks, Nathan for You, Harold and Maude, possessed dolls, Beetlejuice, Halloween night, cute dogs, VC Andrews, handwritten letters, mourning beads, dumb suppers, antique picture frames, ghost stories, the Salem Witch Trials, and a lot more. In all her life, she’s seen only one and a half ghosts, but she anticipates that more will appear soon.

When she dies, she would like someone to please recite “Extreme Wisteria” by Lucie Brock-Broido at her funeral, and perhaps place the following line on her tombstone (which should also double as a community lost-and-found):

Believed, despite all evidence,
in afterlife, looked hopelessly for corroborating evidence of   such.

For more about her teaching, editing, and performances please check out the other “About” links.

Selected Interviews:

Olivia Hu Interviews Kailey Tedesco for Ephemere Review

Britny Brooks Interviews Kailey Tedesco for American Microreviews and Interviews

Kendall Bell Interviews Kailey Tedesco for Chanterelle’s Notebook

Raina M.M. Watts Interviews Kailey Tedesco for Cement Covered Ink Quills