Chantel Massey

Chantel Massey

  • Indianapolis, IN

Chantel Massey

Chantel Massey (she/her) is a storyteller, poet, author, teaching artist, organizer, educator, practicing Afrofuturist, and avid anime lover from Indiana. Massey is a fellow of The Watering Hole, VONA poetry resident, and has received invites from Hurston/Wright Foundation and Tin House.

THE BIO

She is a Best of Net Award nominee and 2020 Indiana Eugene and Marilyn Glick Author Awards Emerging Author finalist for her first collection of poetry, Bursting At The Seams (VK Press, 2018), a Midwest Black girl coming of age story. Massey founded the literary
arts organization, radically UnLearn Arts, dedicated to amplifying and cultivating the craft and wellness of BIPOC writers in the Midwest and elsewhere.

Massey’s work advocates for wellness, human rights, and social justice. She explores their depth with confessional poetry through themes of Blackness, identity, Afrofuturism, memory/archive, familial relationships, the process and act of giving up self- betrayal, and the riot of Black joy. Massey is on a life-long mission, through poetry and the transformative power of storytelling, to make the pursuit and vision of what has not yet been, irresistible, to inspire curiosity, and challenge how we engage with the world. Her work can be found featured in IndianapolisReview, Turnpike Magazine, and other online and print publications coming elsewhere.