About Kelsey

Photo by Blair Speed

Photo by Blair Speed

Kelsey was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana, where she grew up skiing and playing basketball. As a child she spent many afternoons following game trails in the Gallatin Mountain foothills neighboring her home. In her early twenties, she discovered climbing and has since enjoyed the sport across the U.S. and world. 

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While physical activity has been a cornerstone in her life, so has writing. She's been creating stories since preschool. She largely thanks (and blames) this unwavering commitment to storytelling on her parents, who gave her books instead of a dogsled team. Books, writing, and climbing prove to bring her places a sled could not.

She attended the University of Montana for Creative Writing and Environmental Studies. After graduating with high honors and the Davidson Honors College Scholar distinction, she attended the University of Utah on fellowship for a Master of Arts in Environmental Humanities. In the past decade she has taught writing at two universities, sold gluten-free baked goods at farmers' markets, worked as a skiing and climbing instructor, and co-founded a writing center in Bozeman. She now writes full-time while setting climbs one day a week at the gym.

Photo by Blair Speed

Photo by Blair Speed

Her stories aim to inspire health on personal and planetary levels. She finds guilt-provoking and shame-ridden rhetoric of environmental storytelling ineffective, causing more harm than good. Her work thus seeks to celebrate the ways we're already shifting into eco-consciousness on larger scales and to further encourage this movement forward. 

After living in seven different zip codes, Kelsey and her husband, Jarred set roots in Bozeman. When she's not writing or climbing, she's usually out hiking with her dogs. She is the fanatic parent of two keeshonds, Titia (t-sha) and Gambit.

Titia

Titia

Gambit as a wee one

Gambit as a wee one

She is finding peace with co-inhabiting with their cat, Jehuty. Her favorite foods are cheese, raspberries, sauerkraut and almond butter; her favorite music is rap; and her favorite word is squirrel. Her friends call her quirky and eccentric. 

Photo by Blair Speed

Photo by Blair Speed

While creating articles for her online journal, These Words Like Rocks, and curating The Work Behind the Body series, Kelsey has been tromping around the fantastical realm of her novel-in-progress. The book follows an ancient lineage of women with predator-like qualities in a world teetering on a second great war. Sign up for her newsletter to receive sneak peeks into this labor of love. 

Photo by Blair Speed

Photo by Blair Speed

You can also follow Kelsey on Instagram, or send her an email at kelsey@kelseyksather.com.