About Keira

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 a 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. Shae titled her memoir after Leonard Cohen's lyrics:
"There is a crack in everything; that's 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 tumultuous adolescence, she attended Provo, Timpview, and Orem High schools, and graduated in 2006 from Spanish Fork High School in Utah.

As Outstanding Student of her college, Keira graduated in Behavioral Science with honors 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 in Educational Psychology 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.

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