Ms. Kelsey Ford

Simmons University; Bridges & Books Podcast

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Simmons University; Bridges & Books Podcast
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Kelsey L. Ford (she/her) is the creator of Bookish in the ‘Burgh, Pittsburgh’s Teen Book Festival, as well as the creator and adult advisor of the Bridges & Books Podcast and PA Reads YA, both projects created alongside teen leaders in Pennsylvania and designed to amplify teen voices and highlight and champion diverse books. She was named one of “13 Luminaries to Meet in 2020” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for her work with teens through Bookish in the ‘Burgh and is a passionate advocate of championing diverse teen voices.

Kelsey holds a B.S. degree in Advertising & Public Relations and an M.A. degree in Arts Management. She will graduate with an M.S. in Library & Information Science with a focus in youth services from Simmons University in May 2022. After four and a half years working in artistic programming for young audiences at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Kelsey is now the Manager of Marketing & Development at the Pittsburgh Youth Chorus.

Kelsey is serving as the ALA Liaison to the Young Adult Library Services Association for 2021-2022.  She consults on the creation of projects related to teen advocacy, and she also teaches writing workshops to teens and serves as a mentor to teen writers and leaders. She has presented on the topic of serving and empowering teen leaders through diverse books at the International Performing Arts for Youth Conference and the Southwest Pennsylvania Education Diversity Symposium.  She will present alongside the teen creators of the Bridges & Books Podcast at the 2021 Pennsylvania Library Association Conference, Young Adult Library Services Association Symposium, and Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts Conference.  Kelsey is a contributing writer to the upcoming Spring & Summer editions of the Young Adult Library Services Journal, and she is an author of books for teens.