News & Events

Celestial Issue

News Updates

  • In September, Melissa was featured by the Lansing Poetry Club in the “We Miss You Series.” Read the featured post or watch the video of the virtual performance by Mary Fox.
  • During the global pandemic, Melissa launched the Social Gap Experiment. The project aims to bring people together virtually during social distancing. The project featured weekly virtual creative gatherings and will culminate in a chapbook. Learn more.
  • New Publication! “The Cosmic Dance,” a work of fiction, will be published in the first-ever REO Town Reading Series Anthology.
  • Melissa went behind the scenes for the Solar Orbiter launch in February 2020, as a NASA Social Media Ambassador. Read about the experience!

Upcoming Events

Social Gap Experiment
Creative Banter and Performances by Melissa F. Kaelin & Others
Every Thursday from July 2 – August 27, 2020
Social Gap Experiment — 7 p.m., Thursday (Informal Open Mic on Facebook Live Video)
Virtual Event
Website: KaelinArt.com/social-gap-experiment

The Aurora Summit
Celebrating the Art, Culture, Science, and Photography of the Aurora Borealis

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Postponed: Aurora Summit 20
Please plan to join us instead for Aurora Summit 21!

Friday, Sept. 25 — Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020
Harbor View Event Center
Washburn, Wisconsin
Admission: $$
Website: TheAuroraSummit.com

This conference is open to anyone with a passion for the Northern Lights or night photography. Hosted by Mike Shaw Photography, the workshop features a keynote speaker, a panel, and many presentations on topics related to Aurora and the night sky.


Press

The Artist’s Umbrella
“Lansing’s Creative Community Writer”
Blog Entry, May 2020
• Melissa was featured in The Artist’s Umbrella blog ahead of her performance with the variety show, which was held virtually during the global pandemic of 2020.

The Palm Reader
“Fiction 440 Fosters Fun, Creativity”
Press Interview, May 2019
• Melissa was interviewed alongside many other flash fiction writers for a piece in The Palm Reader of Michigan. She will be presenting at the Fiction 440 event for the first time during their appearance at the East Lansing Art Festival.

Star Tribune Magazine
“Secrets to spotting the Northern Lights revealed at northern Minnesota gathering”
Press Interview, December 2018
• Melissa was interviewed alongside many other Aurora Chasers during Aurora Summit 18: Celebrating the Art, Culture, Science, and Photography of the Aurora Borealis. She co-founded the event with Dixie J. Burbank and Mike Shaw Photography.

Minnesota Monthly Magazine
“Winter Wonders: Rare and remarkable winter phenomena”
Cover Story, February 2016
• Melissa’s 10-page article on rare and remarkable winter phenomena was featured as the cover mnmo-cover-officialstory for Minnesota Monthly in the February 2016 edition of the magazine. Coming up with a unique idea, Melissa pitched an essay to the editor on rare weather phenomena observed in northern winters, ranging from hoarfrost and frost flowers, to steam devils and light pillars. She also recommended the work of over a dozen photographers from Minnesota and Wisconsin, and 14 of those photographers were featured in the finished piece. Among the photos chosen for publication was her own image of sun dogs, after she captured the optical phenomenon on a point-and-shoot camera.

KARE 11
“Exploring Minnesota’s winter wonders”
TV News Spot, February 2016
• Melissa’s cover story for Minnesota Monthly and her photo of sun dogs were featured on KARE 11. The photo essay she pitched on rare and remarkable winter phenomena was inspired by incredible photos taken by many talented photographers in Minnesota and Wisconsin, ranging from hoarfrost and frost flowers, to steam devils and light pillars.

Lake County News Chronicle
“Aurora Summit Heading to Two Harbors”
Press Interview, October 2017
• Melissa was interviewed alongside other organizers before the launch of Aurora Summit 17: Celebrating the Art, Folklore, Science, and Photography of the Aurora Borealis. She helped to create and plan the event alongside Dixie J. Burbank and Mike Shaw Photography.

City Pages
“Great Lakes Aurora Hunters seek out amazing shots of the Northern Lights”
Arts Blog, March 2016
• Melissa wrote an article on the Northern Lights in the Great Lakes region for the City Pages Arts Blog, featuring a local group where she played an active role. She has written many articles on photography and art for City Pages.

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Rewire: Twin Cities Public Television
“Are You MN Enough? Great Lakes Aurora Hunters”
Documentary Short Interview, January 2015
• Interviewed for a short video documentary featuring the Great Lakes Aurora Hunters during their annual gathering in 2014. Here is the link to the Rewire website.

The Star Tribune
“Great Lakes northern lights hunters are a phenomenon all their own”
Press Interview, November 2015
• Melissa was interviewed for a feature on aurora hunters in the Outdoors section of the Star Tribune, covering Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Print edition titled “Caught in the Lights.”

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Lavender Magazine: Arts Spotlight
Thirty Years of Hope: The Minnesota AIDS Project
Art Review, December 2013
• Melissa’s paintings were reviewed for the first time by John Townsend in Lavender Magazine.

Excerpt:
“Melissa F. Kaelin’s majestic Sweet Raspberry Sunset is softly optimistic. Blackened natural objects on the earth’s surface stand with persevering will and hope as if calling on the universe, beguilingly and colorfully represented by the sky itself.2012_12_27_Sweet Raspberry Sunset_web

“The earthbound seem to be reaching for the healing power of a splendid, as opposed to an indifferent cosmos. In Kaelin’s view, it seems to be a cosmos where we can faithfully turn to at those times when we feel insignificant and hopeless.

“Her universe seems to have an overwhelming possibility so powerful that our humanness doesn’t quite yet have the ability to comprehend it. An invocation to cosmic healing energies that are hopefully finally returning to our ailing planet. Good news!”

The Madison Press
Press Interview, April 2013
“Brush strokes soothe grieving heart of former resident”
• Featured on the front page of The Madison Press, in London, Ohio, before participating in Art-A-Whirl 2013.


Past Events

The Artist’s Umbrella
Performance by Melissa F. Kaelin & Others
7 p.m., Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Virtual Event
Website: www.theartistsumbrella.com

Fiction 440
Participating in a Community Event
6 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Jimmy’s Pub
Lansing, Michigan
Admission: Free
Website: www.facebook.com/Fiction440/

The Poetry Room
Participating in a Community Event
7:45 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, 2020
The Robin Theatre
Lansing, Michigan
Admission: $5/10 Suggested Donation
Website: the517poetryroom.com

REO Town Reading Series
Fiction by Melissa F. Kaelin & Others
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020
Blue Owl Coffee
1149 South Washington Ave.
Lansing, Michigan
Website: REO Town Reading Series

Aurora Summit 19
Presentation: Secrets of the Goddess of the Dawn — Aurora Myth & Legend
Friday, Nov. 1 – Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019
Habor View Event Center
Washburn, Wisconsin
Open to the public with registration
Website: TheAuroraSummit.com
#AuroraSummit19

Fiction 440
Participating in a Community Event
6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019
Zoobie’s Old Town Tavern
Lansing, Michigan
Admission: Free
Website: www.facebook.com/Fiction440/

Inkwell Open Mic and Reading Series
Featured Author: Poetry Reading
7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019
Urban Artifact, Northside
Cincinnati, Ohio
Website: Inkwell Poetry Open Mic and Reading Series: Aug 14

The Poetry Room
Participating in a Community Event
7:45 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019
The Robin Theatre
Lansing, Michigan
Admission: $5/10 Suggested Donation
Website: the517poetryroom.com

The Good Tyme Writers Buffet & Potluck
Fiction Reading with Various Authors
7 p.m., Saturday, June 22, 2019
Public Pool Art Space
3309 Caniff Street
Hamtramck, Michigan 48212
Website: Tumblr Page

East Lansing Art Festival
Fiction 440, Flash Fiction Reading with Various Authors
3:00 p.m., Saturday, May 18, 2019
East Lansing, Michigan
Website: East Lansing Art Festival Performers

REO Town Reading Series
Fiction by M.F. Kaelin & Others
7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 30, 2019
Blue Owl Coffee
Lansing, Michigan
Website: REO Town Reading Series

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