Kelsey J. Barnes is a freelance writer and journalist based in Toronto, Canada. As a writer, her features explore love, relationships, friendship, pop and social culture and everything else that impacts her fellow twenty-somethings. She also interviews actors, musicians and other prominent figures. She has written for print and digital publications like 1883 magazine, tmrw magazine, i-D, MTV, Dear Damsels, FWYL, Dear Movies and the All Womxn Project. At its core, her writing aims to encourage others to lean into who they are and to remind them that they are never alone.

If she was stranded on a desert island and could only take three things with her she would bring her much loved copy of Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed, the When Harry Met Sally screenplay, and a very large bottle of whiskey. Her dream interview would be with Emma Stone. When she’s not writing (or thinking about what she would bring if she was stranded on a desert island) she enjoys drinking hazelnut lattes, reading memoirs, and writing about herself in the third-person. She promises that her work is not as self-indulgent as much as this bio is.

“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