Kelsey Simpkins is a writer, photographer and artist with a master’s degree in journalism. She holds a position in the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder and works as a freelancer in the worlds of art, music, science and the environment.
In 2012, she graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, with a B.A. in art, art history, and environmental studies, and attended the Smith College Summer Institute in Art Museum Studies in Northampton, Massachusetts. Her research focused on the intersection between the environmental and art movements of the 1970's through present day, culminating in a senior solo show, "The End of the World." She is continually interested in the overlap between the environment, the arts, and social movements of past and present.
Her experience in Minneapolis included environmental nonprofit fundraising and communications, and freelance work in the arts and music scene. She has written and photographed for Walker Art Center, Rift Magazine, Sofar Sounds Minneapolis, Bandsintown.com, and Billboard Magazine. She runs her own music blog, The Aural Premonition, and is a contributing writer for Indie Shuffle and Bearded Gentlemen Music.
At the University of Colorado Boulder, she focused on stories about environmental issues and scientific research, and spent the summer of 2017 working in public information for the American Geophysical Union in Washington, D.C. This spring she is an Editorial Fellow with the Nature Conservancy Magazine and is reporting on arts and the environment in the Arctic.
D.C. Science Writers Association
Online News Association
Society of Environmental Journalists
Phi Beta Kappa
2018: Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grant, Martin Graduate Scholarship, University of Colorado Boulder; Arctic Frontiers Travel Grant, Norwegian Royal Embassy
2017: Art + Environment Conference Educator Scholarship, Nevada Museum of Art; North American Journalist Award, University of Colorado Boulder