Publishing under her maiden name to honor her past and the artistic streak in her family, Melissa F. Kaelin is a writer, painter, and photographer residing in Eagan, Minnesota.

Black & white photo of Melissa F. Kaelin.
Melissa F. Kaelin

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Miami University. She has more than 10 years of experience in writing, editing and design. She is a chaser of the Aurora Borealis, and she is one of the organizers and co-founders of the Aurora Summit. She has written for many publications including City Pages and for the cover of Minnesota Monthly magazine. She writes poetry and creative nonfiction, and she often leads forums on social media trends. She also keeps a blog of creative nonfiction and her adventures have been featured in the press.

After a life-altering event in 2011, Melissa turned to painting for peace and healing. She painted more than two dozen scenes in a series of silhouettes on 24 x 12 canvases. Much of her work deals with themes of loss and recovery, after her mother, stepfather, and her 13-year-old twin brothers died in a car accident in London, Ohio. Her father also passed away in 2009.

Writing has always been Melissa’s first love. In 2015, she finished writing her first novel. About a year later, she self-published a poetry chapbook entitled Hope in the Hoarfrost. In 2017, she started working on her second novel — a work in progress.


I owe my gratitude to many generous photographers who have given permission to publish their work on this website. When possible, I like to use my own photographs, but highly technical photography is not my forté. It takes a profound level of talent and skill to create such stunning images.

Due to design limitations, photo credits are not immediately visible on some pages of my website. So, I thought I’d list them here. Please take a moment to check out these amazing talents! The featured photographers are:

Thank you to all of the photographers who have educated, assisted, and encouraged me over the years, especially those whose photographic masterpieces are published on these digital pages! You are an inspiration!!

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