BIO




Keira Shae is an American essayist, speaker, memoirist, and poet. Keira grew up in a poverty-stricken family in Provo, Utah and encountered abuse, drugs, prostitution, and family separation. As a teen in foster care, Shae experienced kindness from an LDS foster family which changed the trajectory of her life. Through police records, lifelong journaling, and court documents, she built a narrative for her transcendent true story. After Leonard Cohen's lyrics, Shae titled her memoir How The Light Gets In.

Keira Shae attended the following Utah elementary schools: Joaquin, Westridge, Provost, Larsen and Sunset View. Shae also attended the former Farrer Middle School. During her adolescence, she attended Provo, Timpview, and Orem high schools, and graduated in 2006 from Spanish Fork High School in Utah, USA.

As Outstanding Student of her college, Keira graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science: Psychology from Utah Valley University in 2013. Shae was the first in her family to graduate from High School and University. She is now pursuing her graduate degree at Utah State University.

How The Light Gets In was Keira’s debut bestseller. Shae is also a published poet, collaborating on the collection, Shades of Becoming. You can find her academic and critical essays cited under her published works page.

Shae is available for speaking events. If you would like Keira to speak at your next event, please contact her using our public speaking form.


Photo Credit: Erica Thurman, 2018.