chelsea martin is a writer and illustrator living in spokane, washington.

"martin's tragicomic essays... evoke a misfit's paradise..." - o magazine

"it’s a wild ride of a memoir, and a true glimpse into the mind of an artist as she’s figuring out what life is all about" - nylon

"martin’s honest writing exists above the confines of fear and social norms . . . her writing is sweaty, uncomfortable, and enchanting" - booklist

"chelsea martin is one of the best American writers alive. savage and sharp, tender and hilarious, martin’s caca dolce is a book like she’s never written before" - scott mcclanahan,author of the sarah book

"chelsea martin delivers neon electric jolts of reality in deadpan perfection" molly brodak, author of bandit

"i’m probably not chelsea martin’s biggest fan because i’m sure she has legitimate stalkers, but i’m way up there" - mary miller, author of the last days of california

"martin is an incredibly entertaining writer, one who―as the title of her book suggests―is willing to take a few risks, and to mix the high with the low" - jonathan lee, bomb

"chelsea martin writes great millennial essays that make you forget that 'millennial' is usually treated as a pejorative" - dayna evans, the cut

"incredibly nuanced, relatable, and wholly distinctive" - juliet escoria, electric literature

"caca dolce explores the discomfort, melancholia and absurdity of taking up space in the world when we aren't sure if we really deserve it" - melissa broder, author of so sad today

"i highly enjoyed caca dolce―a weird, funny, moving, complex memoir that's excitingly like if diane williams edited a 500-page novel down to 200 pages”―tao lin, author of taipei


critical response:

25 books that will make you laugh out loud in public places inside hook

nylon book club september nylon

expose what is rotten mask

a portrait of the artist as a moody teen kirkus review

17 best books to read this month oprah

7 new books you need to read in august harpers bazaar

the universal tether of identity the rumpus

a review of chelsea martin's caca dolce brevity mag

12 essay collections by women to get you through your 20s huffington post

the inside of an outsider the fanzine

chelsea martin's 'mickey' reads like a letter from a teen chicago tribune

mickey tells the tales of pathetic struggles in a most relatable way a.v. club

the hurt is coming from within entropy

why does everyone hate hand models vice broadly

the coolest female poets to know right now nylon

profile by alisa damaso killer creatives

fubar nation the rumpus

chelsea martin sf gate

relationship poems poetry foundation

profile by ben smith horror sleaze trash



coeur d'alene living sharma shields

believer colin winnette

nylon kristen iversen

blarb bryan woods

salon teddy wayne

merry jane lindsay maharry

salon teddy wayne

electric literature juliet escoria

the fanzine scott mcclanahan

the fanzine juliet escoria

zyzzyva zack ravas

vol 1 brooklyn michelle lyn king

electric literature vincent scarpa

weird sister kati heng

lithub maggie milner

awst paul adams

paper darts maria anderson

dazed digital lauren oyler

other people brad listi (audio)

sf weekly evan karp

april kellen braddock

heavy feather review kim stoll

hobart elizabeth ellen

housefire riley michael parker

word riot david moscovich

the rumpus john madera

powell's brandon scott gorrell

melville house tao lin

diet soap
doug lain

future tense books kevin sampsell