Poet| Author| Teaching Artist
"Chantel’s own work abandons metaphorical language. She uses newscasts, prayers, and gossip to compose stanzas that document generational angst. She absorbs her inherited trauma and brings it into a raw beautiful focus."
Chantel Massey (she/her) is a Midwest poet, teaching artist, educator, and avid Anime lover based in Indiana. She is a 2019 Wintertangerine and 2019 Open Mouth Poetry resident Alum. She is the author of Bursting At The Seams (VK Press, 2018). Later Massey founded the creative writing organization UnLearn. Her work is forthcoming or appears in FAFCollective, IndianapolisReview, Turnpike Magazine ,and other online and print publications coming elsewhere. Her current focus is on human rights, confessional and emotional honesty about: womanhood, identity, sexuality, spirituality, and blackness.
Massey serves as board member and Community Outreach Committee member for youth poetry organization, Word As Bond ,editor for Sidepiece Magazine, co-host for Tea’s Me Cafe with poet, Eric Saunders, every first Friday. By day she is a special education teacher providing an equitable education to little humans, a student at Marian University, and 2020 Caliban Art Board Member.
"In times of dread, artist must never choose to remain silent. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal."