Kassi Underwood is a writer and a speaker who was born and bred in Kentucky. She is the author of MAY CAUSE LOVE: An Unexpected Journey of Enlightenment After Abortion, out February 14th, 2017 from HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins. She lectures about personal transformation, social justice, and the spirituality of abortion. A masters candidate at Harvard Divinity School, Kassi lives with her husband in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Kassi has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic online, The Rumpus, Refinery29, Guernica, The New York Daily News, Al Jazeera America, and Exhale's Pro-Voice blog, and elsewhere. She holds an M.F.A. in literary nonfiction from Columbia University, where she taught for three years on the faculty of the Undergraduate Writing Program.
Kassi's experience with abortion connects her with one in three women in the United States and countless others across the world. She encourages people to talk about their abortions in spaces that feel uncensored, free of dogma—religious dogma and political dogma alike—and not at all creepy. She acknowledges that "creepy" is relative.
In 2012, Kassi won Exhale's Pro-Voice Storyteller Award in recognition of her personal essays on abortion. In 2013, she embarked on a public speaking tour sponsored by Exhale. She has been a guest on MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry," Fusion's Alicia Menendez Tonight, and HuffPost Live, featured on Upworthy, and profiled in New York Magazine alongside 25 other women sharing their abortion stories. Like Mother Theresa, Gandhi, and beauty pageant contestants everywhere, she strives to build world peace.