Kelsey is a Vancouver-based writer, performer, and graduate of the UBC Creative Writing Program. She is the author  Class of ’93 (2013), which was featured in the 2013 Brave New PlayRites Festival Reading Series, and Four Photos, which made the 2014 CBC Non-Fiction Prize Longlist. Most recently, Kelsey contributed writing to Ava Lure‘s 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival production of Seaside Stories of Terrible Things, and had her poetry featured in the Beantown Dance Camp Tribute Cabaret to Frankie Manning, one of the founders of Lindy Hop swing dancing.

Beginning her writing career as a columnist for the South Delta LeaderKelsey discovered spoken word poetry in the summer of 2006 and instantly felt a kinship with the form. In 2009, she was one of six poets chosen for the East Van Cultural Centre’s IGNITE! Spoken Word Mentorship Program. In the same year, she won a spot on one of the Vancouver Poetry Slam Teams and began travelling B.C. with the poetry group The Candelabra Collective. She is the author of three self-published chapbooks, Carnival Wire (2010), Carnival Dark (2011)and her most recent Torches (2013). Her poetry can also be found in W49 magazine and local writing anthology Stay Solid! A Radical Handbook for Youth.

She currently works as an Editorial Assistant at PRISM International Magazine and hosts a monthly open mic in Kitsilano at Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art.

Kelsey is in her fifth year of working with the Vancouver Poetry House’s WordPlay program, facilitating performance poetry workshops in high school English classes across the Lower Mainland. She has recently begun designing, developing, and running organizational poetry workshops for corporations. More information about bookings can be found here.


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