Chelsea Biondolillo is originally from Portland, Oregon. After finishing a degree in fine arts at the Pacific NW College of Art, she left home on the first of what would become many cross country moves. She has worked as a public radio reporter, computer programmer, a cigarette girl, a record store clerk, a telemarketer, and once, in the sixth grade, as a soccer coach. She does not know how to play soccer.
Chelsea has a dual master’s degree in both creative writing and environmental studies from the University of Wyoming. Her journalism has appeared on public radio and in Science, Discover Magazine, Nautilus, and others. Her prose has appeared in a number of online and print spaces, including Brevity, The Fourth River, River Teeth, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Flyway, Diagram, Essay Daily, Creative Nonfiction, Vela Mag, Orion, Sonora Review, New Ohio Review, and others.
She was a 2012 Think, Write, Publish communication fellow, funded in part by the NSF, and has received Shenandoah‘s Carter Prize for the Essay and an Olive B. O’Connor fellowship at Colgate University. Her essays have twice been included as notable in Best American Essays, 2014 & 2015. And her essay, “Back to the Land” was included in the Best American Essays, 2016. Her work has also been anthologized in Waveform: Twenty-first Century Essays by Women, How We Speak to One Another: an Essay Daily Reader, and Environmental and Nature Writing: a Guide and an Anthology. She is the author of two experimental prose chapbooks, Ologies and #Lovesong, both published by Etchings Press. She has studied and worked, thanks to generous gifts at Breadloaf/ORION and Fine Arts Work Center Summer workshops, and is a Hedgebrook alumna.
Chelsea is currently living in Phoenix, Arizona, where she is a technical writer at a human tissue bank by day. By night, she teaches English and writing classes online and is an AWP Writer-to-Writer mentor. Sometimes, there’s even time left over in the day to write.