Venturing Into A Dangerous Place

A woman rides a buffalo while geese fly overhead. She parks her ride in front of a coffee shop. She struts inside. She has not been inside a café since the illness began. She orders a pumpkin spice latte, an orange juice, and a bass fish sandwich. She opens her e-reader. She begins reading “A Dangerous Place” by Chelsea B. DesAutels. The coffee is lukewarm. The poetry is so hot it scalds her hands.

dad about the author:

Chelsea B. DesAutels is a poet living in Minneapolis. Her debut poetry collection, A Dangerous Place, is forthcoming from Sarabande Books in October 2021. Chelsea’s work appears in Ploughshares, Copper Nickel, Adroit Journal, Massachusetts Review, Willow Springs, Pleiades, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. A Tin House Scholar, winner of the Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize from the Missouri Review, and a National Poetry Series finalist, Chelsea earned her MFA from the University of Houston, where she was the recipient of the Inprint Verlaine Prize in Poetry and served as Poetry Editor of Gulf Coast.  She has received support from the Anderson Center at Tower View, Vermont Studio Center, Minnesota Northwoods Writers’ Conference, Community of Writers, and others.

Some of the many places Chelsea has called home include South Dakota, New York, Minnesota, and Texas. In addition to her MFA, Chelsea holds degrees from the University of Minnesota Law School and Wellesley College. You can find her on Twitter @cbdesautels.

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