Chelsea B. DesAutels is a poet and educator living in Minneapolis. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, Copper Nickel, The Missouri Review, The Adroit Journal, Willow Springs, Pleiades, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. Natasha Tretheway named Chelsea’s manuscript, Metastasis, the finalist for this year’s AWP Award Series Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, and Chelsea was a semi-finalist for the 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest. She is the recipient of the Inprint Verlaine Prize in Poetry. Chelsea has received grants and scholarships from the Vermont Studio Center and Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and support from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. Chelsea recently served as Poetry Editor of Gulf Coast. She has taught at the University of Houston and with Writers in the Schools, among others.
Some of the many places Chelsea's called home include South Dakota, New York, Minnesota, and Texas. She received an MFA from the University of Houston, and holds degrees from Wellesley College and the University of Minnesota Law School.