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Summer of the Cicadas is for sale!

“This bleak, slim novel packs a great deal of insight into depression, desire, and substance abuse from the perspective of a gay woman struggling to move forward in her life (“I still want to die sometimes, but I’m better at pretending”), and the merciless cicadas make for a moving metaphor of the wreckage Jessica must face and overcome. Catherine’s frightening vision makes for a worthy exercise in small-town horror.” – Publishers Weekly


Chelsea Catherine has lived all over the country. After graduating from the University of Tampa with their MFA in creative writing, they moved to the Florida Keys where they wrote their first book and began studying nonfiction.

In 2018, they won the Mary C Mohr award for nonfiction through the Southern Indiana Review and their novel, Summer of the Cicadas, won the Quill Prose Award from Red Hen Press. Most recently, they won an Emerging Artist’s Award from Creative Pinellas and spent a month in Alaska at the Alderworks Artists Retreat. They are part of a cohort of ValleyCreates artist grantees in Western Massachusetts.

Chelsea has been writing since the age of eight. Mary C. Moore is their agent.

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