About Me

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I am a freelance writer, environmental scientist, poet, and mother of three.

 

Freelance Writer

My non-fiction articles have appeared Washington Parent, Southern Families, Funds for Writers, and Writing World. My essays on parenting have been published in places like Chicken Soup for the New Mom’s Soul and Motherwords. I spent one year writing a green living column for Germantown Patch.

Environmental Scientist

For eight years, I worked as an environmental specialist at the state level, evaluating potential hazardous waste sites for EPA through the federal Superfund program. My master’s project looked at the long-term impact of historic inorganic pesticide applications on agricultural soils. I recently earned my certification as a Maryland Master Naturalist.

Poet

I didn’t start writing haiku until after I discovered scifaiku (science fiction haiku) in 2009. Once I had my “aha!” moment, I fell in love with these short forms. I won the Dwarf Stars Award for best short speculative poem under eleven lines in 2011 and placed second in the International Kusamakura Haiku Competition in 2010. My haiku have appeared in tinywords, Frogpond, The Heron’s Nest, Modern Haiku, A Hundred Gourds, and other fine places. I’ve published scifaiku at Scifaikuest, microcosms, Seven by Twenty, Star*Line, and Eye to the Telescope. I am proud to have my poetry in eight anthologies, three of which can be found on Amazon.

~~ Julie Bloss Kelsey

(updated 1/19/15)

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