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.

I also love to research and set books in Eastern European countries. I find that side of the continent fascinating, and more in touch with its histories and authentic cultural identities. Maybe I’m just partial because of my Eastern genetics or my serious love of Eszterházy torte.

If you need to contact me, this form is the best place to do so. Happy writing!







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.