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Kelsey Barnes is a freelance writer and journalist from Toronto, Canada. Her work explores pop and social culture, love and relationships, books, female friendships, and everything else relevant to her fellow twenty-somethings.

Currently the deputy music editor for 1883 Magazine, she has also written for print and digital publications like tmrw magazine, i-D, MTV, Dear Damsels, FWYL, Dear Movies and the All Womxn Project.


“Why do you feel you have to turn everything into a story?” So I told her why: Because if I tell the story, I control the version. Because if I tell the story, I can make you laugh, and I would rather have you laugh at me than feel sorry for me. Because if I tell the story, it doesn’t hurt as much. Because if I tell the story, I can get on with it. ” - NORA EPHRON, HEARTBURN

"It’s important that we share our experiences with other people. Your story will heal you, and your story will heal somebody else. When you tell your story you free yourself, and you give other people permission to acknowledge their story as well." - IYANLA VANZANT

“Don’t forget - no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.” - CHARLES de LINT, THE BLUE GIRL

“I think I do overshare, and I sometime marvel that I do it. But it's sort of - in a way, it's my way of trying to understand myself. I don't know. I get it out of my head. It creates community when you talk about private things and you can find other people that have the same things. Otherwise, I don't know - I felt very lonely with some of the issues that I had or history that I had. And when I shared about it, I found that others had it, too.” - CARRIE FISHER

“I, myself, have always found that if I examine something, it’s less scary. We always had this theory that if you kept a snake in your eye line… the snake wasn’t going to bite you. That’s kind of the way… I feel about confronting pain. I want to know where it is.” - JOAN DIDION

Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” - GEORGE ORWELL