Hello and thanks for stopping by.

I’m a writer currently based in Pittsburgh, but originally from the Pacific NW. When I’m not on an airplane, I’m working on a historical novel, travel essays, memoir vignettes, narrative poems, and short stories. You could say that I like to experiment with genre.

There’s a lot of reasons why you may have landed on this site, but here are my guesses:

  1. I’ve submitted work to you and you’re stalking me. Busted!
  2. You read something snarky that I wrote and want to find more of the same.
  3. You’re hoping I still have that cheese-making recipe on my blog.

1 and 2, you’re in luck! My blog is loaded with articles on writing, some travel writing essays, some words on history, and of course, shenanigans in far-flung locales. While I don’t have a cheese recipe (drat!), I did write this open letter about my utter love for cheese and it’s nearly as glorious. Questions? Hit me up.







Professional Bio

Kelly Chastain is an MFA candidate at the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on fiction writing. Her work has appeared in The Burrow Press Review, The Citron Review, Cactus Heart Press, Silk Road Review, and has work anthologized in Traveler’s Tales Best Travel Writing Volume 10, and a notable essay in Best American Essays 2015, among others. Currently, she blogs at kellychastain.com and is working on a historical novel.