I was born in Kansas and raised in Anchorage, Alaska where I'm pretty sure my dad, Errol, was the first black man to set foot on a glacier. Look at him. His sweater game was on point, yall.
Growing up I played a lot of soccer and loved anything to do with music. I played clarinet and studied ballet for years. I studied opera in college and still hope to make my dream of recording/performing come true one day. My musical tastes would best be described as eclectic. Right now I have a playlist that includes Smokey Robinson, The Chi-Lites, Earth Wind and Fire, Faith Evans, Mary J Blige, Lauryn Hill, and Mya. My dad's musical influences and my nostalgia for the 90's show up anytime I'm handed the AUX.
I've always been a writer. A reader. I wrote songs when I was younger, poetry, short stories that were hot garbage, but I kept at it. I read everything I could get my hands on. I wanted to write, and most of the stories I'd been exposed to only had black or brown people, like me, as side characters. It was not until I decided to write the books I wanted to see, the ones that showed black girls in leading roles that my writing came alive, imbued with all the richness of my own culture and experiences, I felt like I'd found what I was meant to do.
I love banana pudding ( I make it from scratch like my pops taught me), mac n cheese (no breadcrumbs or we fightin'), and sweet tea. I'm learning Spanish but it's a whole mess right now. I love musical theater and I am currently obsessed with Hadestown. I want to see Hamilton but the way my bank account is set up... Basically I'm going to have to be in the show to see it.
My hope is to provide an opportunity for just one reader to see themselves reflected in my work and take heart that they too can be the heroes of their own stories.
Kalynn Bayron is an author and classically trained vocalist. She grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. When she’s not writing you can find her listening to Ella Fitzgerald on loop, attending the theater, watching scary movies, and spending time with her kids. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas with her family.