Kassi Underwood is the author of May Cause Love: An Unexpected Journey of Enlightenment After Abortion (HarperOne/HarperCollins, Feb. 2017). The New York Times essay that inspired her book was ranked the #1 “Modern Love” column by The New Republic. Betty Gilpin, star of the Netflix series GLOW, selected the essay to read on NPR/WBUR's Modern Love Podcast, airing August 9th, 2017 alongside a conversation with Kassi. She has appeared as a live television guest on MSNBC and performed in the fundraising comedy show, LadyParts Justice.
Kassi's international coaching sessions, “Getting Real to Heal” and “Follow Your Gut,” reach ambitious women with a mission to return to their natural selves and the forces of nature they came here to be. She provides pro bono coaching in women’s prisons and for some patients of reproductive health clinics.
Kassi has addressed audiences across the country since 2011. She has presented lectures and workshops for Planned Parenthood, Columbia University, Fordham University - The Jesuit School of New York, University of California at Berkeley, Haven of Hope for Addiction Recovery, The Maine Correctional Center for Women, The John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The Amala Foundation, as well as numerous Episcopal churches and many other organizations.
Kassi earned an MFA in literary nonfiction on a teaching fellowship at Columbia University before joining the faculty of the Undergraduate Writing Program. Next she pursued a master’s degree at Harvard University with a focus on spiritual counseling, social justice, and the history of women healers. She is trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction from U-Mass Medical School, a student of the metaphysical text A Course in Miracles, and a daily meditator with a decade of experience, including five days alone in the woods to quit Zoloft cold turkey.
Kassi won the 2013 “Pro-Voice Storyteller Award,” presented by Exhale, an organization supporting the leadership of women who have experienced abortion to bridge the political divide in the United States. She has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly digital, Women's Health, Best Self, Refinery29, Guernica, Al Jazeera, The New York Daily News, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.
Kassi has contributed to NPR and HuffPost Live and been featured on UpWorthy. She has been profiled or quoted in publications such as New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Bustle, Bust, Rewire, The Rumpus, Religion News Services, Harvard Divinity School website, and many more.