Kelsey BIgelow in a copper linen dress, looking off to the left

WHO IS
KELSEY BIGELOW?

SPOKEN WORD
& PAGE POET

SPEAKER & MOTIVATOR

EDUCATOR & STUDENT

KELSEY'S MISSION & VISION

MY "WHY"

TO BE THE MOTIVATOR AND MENTOR THAT

PEOPLE DON'T ALWAYS GET IN LIFE.

I CAN ACHIEVE THIS BY

MOLDING INCREDIBLY SPECIFIC EMOTIONS INTO SOMETHING HUMAN, DIGESTIBLE, AND CATHARTIC. 

GET TO KNOW KELSEY

I believe we grow in empathy by talking about shared experiences, no matter how difficult.

 

As a multi-slam champion, published poet, workshop leader, and more, I'm working hard to show others two things: 1. It does get better, and 2. You can live the life you dream.

What makes me qualified to do what I do? 

Educationally, I have a B.A. in professional and creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and am working towards my M.A. in strategic communications from the University of Iowa. Plus, I'm a lifelong learner taking many poetry master classes and workshops each year.

Professionally, I am a member of the Academy of American Poets, a board member and co-chair for the Iowa Poetry Assocition, participated on multiple panels, judged contests and slams, and have performed at my fair share of events. I have led the Des Moines Poetry Workshop since February 2018 and hosted multiple workshops in person and virtually. 

Poetically, I released my debut chapbook, "Sprig of Lilac," in November 2018 and my debut spoken word album, "Depression Holders and Secret Keepers," in September 2021. I've also been published in Backchannels Journal, Lyrical Iowa, and Z Publishing House.

By day? I'm a digital content strategist living the life my younger self never thought I'd be able to create.

 

What more could I ask for?

CONTACT

Email: kelsey@kelkaybpoetry.com

Social: @kelkaybpoetry