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Book Launch!

April 4, 2024
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Kelsey Bigelow | Far From Broken

@ Beaverdale Books

Far From Broken centers on the “checklist child” from a broken family as she unpacks her life in therapy. Throughout the collection, she learns about her C-PTSD, dissociation, and depression and learns to care for herself while building a full, healthy life of her own.

As an expansion of her spoken word album, “Depression Holders and Secret Keepers,” Kelsey Bigelow takes readers through the nuances of healing in an effort to show us that healing is not linear, but it is possible. Throughout Far From Broken, Kelsey shares her story in an effort to encourage each of us to make life better and to remind us that we are, in fact, not alone.

About the Author

Kelsey Bigelow is a Des Moines-based poet and speaker. She works as a mental health poet, sharing this therapeutic tool with audiences of all ages across the world. She is the author of Far From Broken (2024), “The Coffee Cherry” (2023), “Depression Holders and Secret Keepers” (2021), and Sprig of Lilac (2018). Her work is published with Central Avenue Publishing, Pile Press, Lyrical Iowa, Backchannels Journal, Spirit Lake Review, and elsewhere. Kelsey is a 2024 Pushcart Prize nominee, a 2023 Button Poetry Video Contest Finalist, and a 2023 Central Avenue Poetry Prize shortlist finalist. She’s the founder 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.


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