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Kayla E. is a Texas-born artist and designer of Mexican-American descent. She is the creative director at Fantagraphics and is Principal at Design Altar. She is also the co-founder and former President of Nat. Brut Inc., a non-profit that produces the art and literary magazine Nat. Brut. She earned her B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University, where she served as the art director for the Harvard Lampoon and was awarded the Albert Alcalay Prize in Visual Arts. As a public speaker, Kayla has been invited to expand on her practice at universities and creative conferences across the country. Kayla is a recipient of a Princeton Hodder Fellowship for the 2023-2024 academic year. Precious Rubbish, her experimental graphic memoir, will be published by Fantagraphics in 2025. 


For the past few years, she has worked out of her downtown attic studio in North Carolina, where she lives with her wife, 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 joy  she 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 

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