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Kaya Oakes is the author of a memoir, Radical Reinvention (Counterpoint Press, 2012), and a social science work of nonfiction, Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture (Henry Holt, 2009). Her collection of poetry, Telegraph, received the Transcontinental Poetry Prize from Pavement Saw Press in 2007. She has twice been a Pushcart nominee for nonfiction and has been the recipient of grants and awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Mellon Foundation, and the Bay Area Writing Project. Her essays have most recently appeared in Killing the Buddha, Commonweal, and America magazines. Born and raised in Oakland, California, she teaches writing at the University of California, Berkeley, and was the so co-founder and senior edito...more


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“What matters is that like a rather large proportion of straight Catholics, I think gay people are pretty much the same as everyone else. My belief about sexuality can be summed up in this way: no matter our sexual orientation, we are all acts of divine creation and beloved by God.”
Kaya Oakes, Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church

“Do we talk about feeling neglected and rejected by the Church? Yes. Do we bash a bishop or two, talk a little trash about the Vatican, moan about a priest who said something dumb about women or gays or both? Sure. But mostly we talk about what faith does for us, how it moves us through life with an awareness of other people's suffering, and drives us to do something about that suffering. It reminds me of a conversation I had with Father Mellow, way back on the first night I spoke to him. "The Church is both sinner and holy," he said. "So are all of us.”
Kaya Oakes, Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church

“As we've seen way too many times throughout history, the meaning of the Bible can be twisted and manipulated by anyone with an agenda. When faced with this sort of distortion, it's helpful to recall that there are seven lines in the entire Bible about homosexuality, whereas there are hundreds, maybe thousands, about caring for the poor and outcast. Perspective is key.”
Kaya Oakes, Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church

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Due to the crappy economy, I'm not going on a mega extensive book tour, so if you'd like to ask a question about the book, go for it. I'll take questi...more
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