Kelsea Habecker is a poet, writer, teacher, and retreat leader. She has led retreats at Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center in New Mexico, the Joy Center in Michigan, and the Center for Action and Contemplation. Her first book of poetry, Hollow Out, was selected by US Poet Laureate Charles Simic as winner of the Many Voices Award and published through New Rivers Press. Kelsea earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Writing and Literature from Bennington Writing Seminars. She was a finalist for the Ruth Lilly Fellowship in poetry, and received the John Haines award. She was a semi-finalist in the Bakeless Poetry Prize through Breadloaf Writer’s Conference, and Hollow Out was nominated for a Griffin Trust Award for Excellence in Poetry and for a PEN Literary Award. She has received grants and fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation in New York, and the Santa Fe Art Institute. Kelsea teaches university courses in creative writing. Her poetry and essays have appeared in journals online and in print. Her second manuscript of poetry, North Wife, is under consideration with several publishers, and a new book of nonfiction is in progress. Learn more about Kelsea at https://kelseahabecker.com.