Kelsey Simpkins


Kelsey Simpkins is a writer, photographer, and artist working on her master’s degree in journalism. In 2012, she graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, with a B.A. in art and a minor in environmental studies, and attended the Smith College Summer Institute in Art Museum Studies, in Northampton, Massachusetts. Her undergraduate research focused on the intersection between the environmental and art movements of the 1970s 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. She also writes freelance in the arts and music industry and runs her own music blog, The Aural Premonition. Recently relocated from Minneapolis to Colorado, she works in the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder and continues as a freelance writer.

Kelsey covers arts and culture for Under the Flatirons. More of her graduate work can be found at her blog, uplight.