Kelsey Bigelow is a spoken word and page poet based in Des Moines. In her work, she molds incredibly specific emotions into something human, digestible, and cathartic. She released her chapbook, Sprig of Lilac, in 2018 and released her spoken word album, Depression Holders and Secret Keepers, in 2021. Her work is published in or forthcoming with Central Avenue PublishingPile Press, Lyrical Iowa, Backchannels Journal, Spirit Lake Review, and elsewhere, and she is a 2024 Pushcart Prize nominee. She’s the founder and leader of the Des Moines Poetry Workshop, the chair for the Iowa Poetry Association Poetry Slam, the co-tournament director for the BlackBerry Peach National Poetry Slam, and more.

During the Okoboji Writers’ Retreat, Kelsey will perform and conduct the Extra Eyes: Drop-In Revisions & Feedback workshop.

Get to know Kelsey at and follow her on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube: @kelkaybpoetry.