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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.

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.
FaithFeatures
Kaya Oakes
The Nuns and Nones project seeks to bring these two groups together in order to explore new forms of community life, help millennials see models for sustainable activism and create an intergenerational network of connections.
Arts & CultureBooks
Kaya Oakes
Inspired represents Held Evans’s attempt to return not to the “handbook” Bible of her adolescence but to the “storybook” Bible of her childhood.
President Donald Trump takes a question from reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, to travel to Oxon Hill, Md. to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Kaya Oakes
Teachers do not talk about being afraid of our students. We talk about being afraid for our students.
Arts & CultureBooks
Kaya Oakes
Review: Michelle Kuo’s "Reading With Patrick: a Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship"