I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in a big family with a lot of animals where I was unschooled for most of my K-12 education. I loved to read (still do) and escaped into books as hard things happened in my childhood, riding the 67F bus down to the Carnegie Library and carrying home as many books as I could many days a week. Then I moved to Saint Louis, MO to attend Washington University in St Louis where I studied Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Creative Writing. Now I live in Birmingham, AL because my husband is attending medical school here. I have traveled all over the United States, as well as abroad to Ireland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Iceland. I briefly lived in Bellingham, WA and adore the Pacific Northwest - I want to live there again someday under better circumstances. I hate being on airplanes but love carbonated drinks, my dogs, modern poetry, art museums and riding in cars. I am a lifelong vegetarian, have lived in more apartments and houses than I can count, was once homeless and have hitchhiked up the California coast.

My photography work has been shown in six exhibitions in Saint Louis and two in New York City. My photography work has also been published in Huffington Post, Riverfront TimesBroken Light CollectiveBlue Monday ReviewA&S MagazineArmour MagazineSpires & Washington University's Student Life. I've worked as a photographer for the Endangered Wolf Center, the Missouri Botanical Garden & Washington University in St Louis. My poetry has been published in KalkionThe Bookends ReviewCamroc Press ReviewEditor's EyeCur.ren.cy Literary MagazineDanse Macabre du Jour Spires. I have published two books which are available at the "Books" link at the top of this page. I'm working on a third, which I am really excited about. I have been featured in one drawing exhibition in Birmingham and have had my Ikebana flower arrangements exhibited five times at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh.

I can be reached at kaitmauro@gmail.com.

You can find me on Facebook and on Instagram under kaitandlena and learningtoloveyoumore.