& PAGE POET
SPEAKER & MOTIVATOR
EDUCATOR & STUDENT
KELSEY'S MISSION & VISION
TO BE THE MOTIVATOR AND MENTOR THAT
PEOPLE DON'T ALWAYS GET IN LIFE.
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 earning 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 board member and co-chair for the Iowa Poetry Association, a member of Poetry&, and a member of the Academy of American Poets. I have participated on many 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, Spirit Lake Review, and more.
Every day, I'm living the life my younger self never thought I'd be able to create.
What more could I ask for?