Chelsea Tadeyeske is a poet, performer, and bookmaker from Milwaukee, WI. She is the founding editor of pitymilk press, publishing short-run chapbooks and journals both online and in physical form.
As a writer, she seeks to create work that blurs distinctions within traditional genres, moods, and sensations commonly held as opposites: tragedy and comedy, childhood and sexuality, humor and horror, etc. She finds a steady source of inspiration in the disorientation of mood that feels more in alignment with reality through emotionally vibrant poems and performance–it isn’t uncommon to witness shifting feet, dead-pan stares, shaking arms, deafening silences and eerie laughter.
She delves into raw, commonplace, and somewhat uncomfortable subject matter that’s relatable to many, but often filed away in the recesses of the mind and deemed insignificant–but ultimately not forgotten in the subconscious. Her work strives to dig up the dismissed to make new meaning out of these experiences in order to redefine what has the capacity to be “poetic” or “meaningful”.