Of place and spirit, Chelsea writes: "My favourite place is British Columbia, more specifically small lake communities along the Shuswap Lakes that have family history and significance for me. I always feel so much perspective when I can see the Rockies looming, the skies hanging low around them. I am what is fleeting and small, and put my faith in the mountains and lakes that have stood there forever. My first book, Thaw, is largely concerned with those childhood places that I miss and write from memory." Thaw, selected by Allison Joseph for the National Poetry Series, is out now from University of Georgia Press.