Kelsey Bigelow is an up-and-coming Midwestern poet who finds catharsis through words. She actively participates in monthly slams, open mics, workshops, and writers groups in the Des Moines and Ames, Iowa, areas.

Kelsey recently published her debut poetry collection, “Sprig Of Lilac,” as a tribute to her late mother. She has been published in America’s Emerging Young Adult Writers – Midwest RegionAmerica’s Emerging Poets 2018 – Midwest Region and Wisconsin’s Best Emerging Poets by Z Publishing House.

Kelsey’s a many-time winner of the Des Moines Poetry Slam and Ames Poetry Revival. During her time at UW-Platteville studying professional and creative writing, Kelsey won the annual Thomas A. Hickey Creative Writing Award three times for her poem, “My Hardest Funeral,” and her short stories, “Karaoke” and “How to Live Without Your Mom.”

You can watch her document the life of a poet on Instagram and Facebook (@kelkaypoetry), and you can check out her videos on YouTube (Kelsey Bigelow Poetry).