Chris Kelsey grew up in central and western Oklahoma, the son of a jazz musician and a school librarian. Kelsey's played the saxophone longer than he can remember. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and moved to New York City, where he made something of a name for himself playing, composing, teaching, and writing about strange and obtuse forms of modern jazz. He's been published by a variety of publications, including Ms., Magazine, Jazziz, JazzTimes, and The All Music Guide. As a musician, he's recorded and produced upwards of twenty albums under his own name, for the C.I.M.P and Unseen Rain labels, and his own Saxofonis and Tzazz Krytyk imprints. Kelsey's CD, What I Say: The Electric Miles Project, won a 2013 Independent Music Award for Best Tribute Album. Kelsey currently lives in Dutchess County, NY, with his wife Lisa, son Jasper, and daughter Meret. Where the Hurt Is is his first novel.