Mikayla Morell
Student

BFA '20

Creative Writing

I write the type of stories that you love to read as a kid. And I never limit my creativity.

Mikayla Morell is from Woodstown, NJ. From the time she could hold a pencil, she would draw a picture in her right hand, color it in with her left, and tell her family a story about what she was drawing. She has known she wanted to be a writer since she was nine years old, after being diagnosed with celiac disease. She discovered the power of what stories can do, and the magic of being invited into one, when she picked up Harry Potter. She forgot what it was like to be a 3rd grader with a disease and started to create her own magic with a pen and paper.

In fiction, Mikayla writes magic realism and speculative fiction, but she doesn’t limit herself to only those genres. Her poetry covers topics of family, politics, and personal experience. Her poem “To Girls Everywhere: I am with You” appeared in Brine Literary. She works as a writing tutor with middle school students at FACTS Charter School.

"I write the type of stories that you love to read as a kid. And I never limit my creativity. I take my characters to places that readers have never been to–where people have pet brains and spend their free time shaving cats. J.K. Rowling said, 'If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.' The reason I write is to be that 'right book' for someone."