Kayla E. (she/her) is an award-winning artist, cartoonist, and designer of Mexican-American descent. She is the editor-in-chief of Nat. Brut, an art and literary magazine. She earned her B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University, where she served as the Art Director for the Harvard Lampoon. Kayla has been profiled by TIME, The Establishment, Feministing, The Huffington Post, Latina Magazine, NPR, and Literary Hub, among others. As a public speaker, Kayla has been invited to expand on her practice at major universities and creative conferences across the country. She is currently under contract with Fantagraphics Books for Precious Rubbish, an experimental graphic memoir. 


Kayla works out of her downtown attic studio in rural North Carolina where she lives down the road with her wife, writer Laura Bullard.


Harvard University

B.A., Visual and Environmental Studies


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Kayla E. is doing what we all wish we could: balancing design, illustration, and editorial vision with aplomb and might. Collaborating with Kayla is a professional joyshe brings insight, research, and uncanny skill to all of her projects. I can't wait for my next collaboration with Kayla.

—Len Small, former Art Director, Nautilus,

& Co-President, ICON: The Illustration Conference