2020 Finalist Emerging Author by The Indiana Author Awards
In The Image Of God Too // VKPress (2021)
Wade In The Water Poetry Collections //The Religion, Spirituality,
& the Arts is a program of the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute (IAHI) (2022)
2021 1/2k poetry prize finalist, selected by Taylor Johnson
Hard Times Require Furious Laughter // Solstice Magazine (2021)
2021 Summer poetry contest finalist // Best of Net winner & Anthology (2023)
The Indianapolis Anthology // Belt Publishing (in-print) (2021)
Nominated for Best of Net Award 2019
"This was an absolutely beautiful book and piece of work. I was inspired and empowered. Bursting at the Seams is an obvious labor of love and it's obvious that the author took their time with it, and it's great to see!"
- Randie Chapman, writer & producer at Black Millennial Marriage Podcast on Bursting At The Seams
"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."
-Book Riot, on Bursting At The Seams and performance
"I... was inspired by your visceral, powerful, and timely poetry."
- Charlie Wiles, Director of Center for Interfaith Cooperation on Bursting At The Seams
"I am so grateful for this workshop. It was incredible... Your workshop was grounded and full of love.
We engaged with a topic that is all too often rushed over, Black Mythology. You gave us an opportunity to read, write, and laugh, together. The workshop felt inventive. No rush. No perfectionist's anxiety. Instead, it was a (digital) place of much needed play and, yet, grounded in its literary rigor and love. Our spirits were so present.
I have attended so many workshops, black-run, black-founded and black-peopled, but this one was absolutely one of the best, one of the most rejuvenating. Real. Free."
- María Fernanda, poet on poetry workshop Black Mythology
"Bursting at the Seams by Chantel Massey, in part, because I adore a Black female creative writer self-publishing with a Black woman-owned company (VK Presses, along with Shavonne Lakaye). I haven't experienced this level of identification with a writer/poet's words, on pages I'm turning with my own hands, since Octavia Butler. To devour this collection of poems was to see myself validated, while also learning about the author herself."