Voices

Kaya Oakes, a contributing writer for America, teaches writing at the University of California, Berkeley. Her fifth book, The Defiant Middle, will be released in the fall of 2021.

FaithFeatures
Kaya Oakes
What Julian of Norwich can teach us about oneness with God.
Since the founding of the first Cristo Rey school in Chicago in 1996, Cristo Rey schools have become a national network with multiple religious orders as sponsors (photo: Sage Baggott).
FaithFeatures
Kaya Oakes
Since their founding in 1996, Cristo Rey schools have become a national network with multiple religious orders as sponsors.
Arts & CultureBooks
Kaya Oakes
A prolific Catholic writer is himself now the subject of a biography from Liturgical Press.
FaithFeatures
Kaya Oakes
Just as there is a growing number of nones, there is also a growing interest in spiritual direction.
Arts & CultureBooks
Kaya Oakes
The question of what a pilgrimage means in the modern day loops throughout Timothy Egan’s ‘A Pilgrimage to Eternity.’
FaithFeatures
Kaya Oakes
Working for the church can make it hard to believe in it.
Arts & CultureFilm
Kaya Oakes
Joe Talbot’s film raises the question: what does it mean to belong to a place?
FaithFeatures
Kaya Oakes
Because the church has long defined marriage as central to lay Catholic identity, Catholic single mothers have sometimes stayed hidden in the shadows.
FaithLast Take
Kaya Oakes
Feminism is both necessary for being a Catholic woman and one of the reasons you will be tested as a Catholic feminist.
Arts & CultureBooks
Kaya Oakes
In Tommy Orange's debut novel, Oakland becomes a character as much as any of Orange’s other individuals: regularly erupting into violence, steadily erasing the history of its impoverished citizens who jump from apartment to apartment, existing in a series of “long, grey streets” that seem to go nowhere when you’re a kid on a bike pedaling around.