Chelsea Whitton is an American poet and essayist. Born and raised in the Carolinas, she received a BA in Literature from the University of North Carolina-Asheville and an MFA in Poetry from the New School. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in various web and print publications including Cimarron Review, Sixth Finch, Bateau, Ilk, Forklift Ohio, WomenArts Quarterly, Valley Voices and Poetry Ireland Review, among others. Her first chapbook, Bear Trap, is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. This fall, she will join The University of Cincinnati as a doctoral candidate and teaching fellow. She lives and writes with her husband, Matthew, and their cats, Puck and Merle.