Sprig of Lilac: A Poetry Collection by Kelsey BigelowSprig Of Lilac: A Poetry Collection

In her debut collection, Kelsey Bigelow combines grief and poetry to open a raw conversation about becoming a motherless daughter at a young age. Through multiple voices, she broadens the perspective to other forms of the grieving process.


What do people think?

“It is a beautiful look into the mourning and healing process after the loss of a loved one. It is great for anyone who has experienced loss of a loved one, or for anyone who wants to better understand those going through it.”

“Reading Sprig of Lilac was heart wrenching … beautiful. Taking in each word, I felt just how painstakingly you worked on this collection. Even still, in the end, I can only imagine how difficult the process must have been.”

Iowa’s Best Emerging Poets 2019: An Anthology

Kelsey first slam poem, “She’s Been Told,” was published alongside the other talented emerging Iowa poets in Z Publishing House’s latest anthology.

This poem details the raw truth behind that one breakup that can destroy you but can also make you see your own worth.





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Find Kelsey’s first published piece of flash fiction in Z Publishing House’s “America’s Emerging Young Adult Writers: Midwest Region.”

This flash fiction details how a young woman navigates daily life after the death of her mother. Between her office job and personal life, she’s become numb to feeling. What does that look like? Find out in “How to Live Without Your Mom.”



Screen Shot 2019-01-01 at 7.02.32 PMAmerica’s Emerging Poets 2018: Midwest Region

Along with more than 100 up-and-coming poets in this anthology is Kelsey Bigelow’s second publication with Z Publishing House.

“Check Yes” is a short piece detailing the desire to love someone through the small moments.


Screen Shot 2018-09-01 at 8.07.49 PMWisconsin’s Best Emerging Poets: An Anthology

Among a multitude of other emerging poets in Wisconsin, you’ll find Kelsey Bigelow and her first published poem: “May 3, 1971.”

This poem details a visit to her late mother’s hometown and how it compares to stories her mother shared from her past.


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