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


Hi! I'm Kelsey!


I'm a Midwestern poet finding catharsis and understanding through words. I do my best to turn incredibly specific emotions and situations into poetry that's digestible and helps others feel seen. 


My poetry fam is a huge part in helping me create my poetry. That's why I surround myself with monthly slams, open mics, workshops, and writers groups. I love to support local youth poetry initiatives and visit schools to share poetry space with students.


I am also a member of the Iowa Poetry Association and have been a panelist for the 2019 IC Speaks Youth Poetry Conference, a judge for the 2020 IC Speaks Page Poem Contest, and a judge for the 2021 iLuv Slam Fest (the first youth state slam for Iowa).

I released my debut poetry collection, "Sprig of Lilac," in November 2018 as a tribute to my late mother. I've also been published in Backchannels Journal and by Z Publishing House.


I've got some education under my belt too. I have a Bachelor of Arts in professional writing with a minor in creative writing and am working towards my Master of Arts in strategic communications.

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



Social: @kelkaybpoetry