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 recognized poet, author, teaching artist, educator, and anime lover based in Indiana. She is a 2019 Wintertangerine Alum, 2019 Open Mouth Poetry resident Alum, and 2019 Best of Net Award nominee. In 2018, she published her first collection of poetry, Bursting At The Seams (VK Press). Massey founded the UnLearn poetry workshop series, serving to inspire writers through a Black classic and contemporary arts-centered curriculum.
Chantel carries consistent threads–human rights, Social justice, and the Black experience–in her pieces. She explores their depth with a confessional and emotional honesty through the lenses of womanhood, identity, sexuality, spirituality. Massey is on a life-long mission to inspire curiosity, celebration, creativity and challenge we engage with the world in all who would hear. Find her works featured in FAFCollective, IndianapolisReview, Turnpike Magazine, and other online and print publications coming elsewhere.
Alongside performing poetry, Massey serves as board member and Community Outreach Committee member for youth poetry organization, Word As Bond , editor at 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 studying to better provide for those little humans, and a 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."