Chelsey Richardson, a Seattle native believes that poetry lives everywhere. Her writing is influenced by but not limited to race, politics, and motherhood. In October 2007 she had the honor of winning The GwendolynBrooks poetry Slam at Chicago State University. In 2007, 2011 and 2016 she earned a spot on the First Women’sNational Poetry Slam team stage to compete against some of Seattle’s greatest female poets.  She has beenpublished in Intersections, the University of Washington's interdisciplinary journal. In 2015 her writing was selected for 4Culture's poetry competition Poetry on the Bus.  She also performed at Poetry on the Bus' 2015 unveiling of contests winners works. She was nominated by the CD Forum as a Seattle Poet Populist candidate in 2008 this said this about her, “Her writing requires you to think critically and examine the world in which we live. She is a writer that truly represents independent poetic expression. There is a cleverness and creativity in her prose that draws the reader or listener in. She is an amazing teaching artist and mentor in Seattle who is poised for a dynamic career.” – CD Forum for Arts and Ideas.  She has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington and currently works as an educator at Nova Alternative High School where she facilitates a poetry committee, Naked Truth a performance group that combats stereotypes through Spoken word and mentors for the youth writing/spoken word organization Youth Speaks.