Lansing's Creative Community: Writer, Melissa F. Kaelin

Updated: Jun 5, 2020

As a writer, painter and photographer, I'm relatively new to Michigan. I'm originally from Ohio, and I spent my formative years in creative writing in Minnesota, where I lived for 11 years. Eager for a new start, I moved to Lansing, Michigan in the fall of 2018. I'm a nature enthusiast, a dog lover, and a chaser of the Aurora Borealis. I write about wilderness adventures, magical realism and the drama of relationships. With a passion for the night sky, I also helped to found the Aurora Summit, an international conference that celebrates the Northern Lights. My work has been published in many magazines and literary journals over the years, including the Aurorean, Still Point Arts Quarterly, The Wild Word, City Pages and Minnesota Monthly. In 2016, I self-published a chapbook of poetry with my photographs, titled "Hope in the Hoarfrost." I finished writing my first novel in 2015, and the manuscript is currently under consideration by a NYC talent agency. Now, I'm working on my second book.

Medium of Choice

Writing of every style: Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction essays. I create paintings and photographs as well!

Do you remember the moment you wanted to make art? If so, describe it. Or just tell us how long you've been doing what you do.

I wrote my first story about a pet turtle at age 7, and I've been writing ever since. I stay active in creative circles to constantly challenge myself to do more. When I first began writing professionally, I worked as a journalist at a small daily newspaper. Now, I write for a living, crafting articles about university research and Spartan entrepreneurs.

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration everywhere, but especially in nature. Many of my stories are inspired by wild destinations and rare natural phenomena.

Where can we find your work (website, social, etc)?

You can find me on social media and read my writing online at Check out Melissa F. Kaelin Art on Facebook, or follow @mfkaelin on Instagram and Twitter. I'd love to follow you back!

Where can we find YOU (Events, virtual gatherings, etc)?

I'm active in Fiction 440, The Poetry Room and The REO Town Reading Series, which will be publishing its first anthology this year including one of my short stories. Ever hear a writer cheer loudly at the Robin Theatre? That was likely me! You can also look up the Grand River Writers Guild, my fiction critique group that shares writing advice, news and events on our Facebook Page.

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