Kaya Oakes is the author of four books, most recently including The Nones Are Alright (Orbis Books, 2015) and Radical Reinvention (Counterpoint Press, 2012). Her fifth book, The Defiant Middle: How Women Claim Life’s In Betweens to Remake the World, is forthcoming from Broadleaf Books in November 2021. Kaya’s essays and journalism have appeared in The New Republic, Slate, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Sojourners, National Catholic Reporter, Commonweal, Religion Dispatches, Tricycle, On Being, America, and many other publications. She teaches nonfiction writing at UC Berkeley and lives in her hometown of Oakland, California.