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About It Happens to Strong People, Too

In 2016, Kaci Kai separated from her partner and best friend of 12 years. It Happens to Strong People, Too is the collection of poetry that came from that heartbreak. In this collection she explores love, self-sabotage, guilt, pain, and what follows on the other side.

Title: It Happens to Strong People, Too
Author: Kaci Kai | kay-cee kye | (rhymes with BYE)
Publisher: Aspen and Sonder
Publication Date: February 28, 2018
Language: English
ISBNs: 978-1-7320614-0-8; 978-1-7320614-1-5

Available now on Amazon or the publisher’s site, Aspen and Sonder.

About Kaci Kai

Kaci Kai’s childhood nickname was Crazy Kaci.

She once fought a girl in a ring in Thailand. And won. She sold all her possessions and traveled as a nomad for more than a year. She jumped out of an airplane. Twice (and counting). Swam with sharks. Bungee jumped. She won two cooking competitions. And chased tornadoes with her dad as a kid.

But the scariest, craziest thing she’s done to date? She wrote and published It Happens to Strong People, Too.

Kaci Kai is a writer and publisher living in Austin, Texas.

“I’ve written poetry since I was a child, but I didn’t start using it consciously as a way to process emotion until my strongest, most meaningful relationship ended. I was in a lot of pain—angry at myself for how and why it ended.

This relationship was ending during an incredible time of my life. I was traveling the world and having incredible experiences (scuba diving and traveling alone in far off places) all while being miserable. At the encouragement of many friends, I came back to Austin, Texas with the intention to find happiness again. I spent some time with a therapist and wrote 500 poems in a month. A lot of what I wrote and processed ended up in this book.

While I don’t believe I’ll ever not feel this heartbreak, I’ve found something on the other side… a very real hope that I can be happy.”


Excerpt from It Happens to Strong People, Too

Download and read six poems from It Happens to Strong People, Too.

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“Kai has such a relatable poetic voice that will pull you in from the very first page. She has created a lovely collection that is sure to become a favorite in the hearts of her readers.”

—Liz Newman, A Better Today Media

This is the realest book I’ve read in a very long time. If you are looking for a book that explores what it means to be human – the worst + the best – this is an absolute must read.

—Vince M., Amazon Reviewer

“There aren’t many books that make you feel as though you’re peering into someone else’s life, and in doing so, better able to understand your own. This is one such book.”

—Peter, Amazon Reviewer

“Wonderful! Kaci addresses the complicated and difficult emotions that come from heartbreak in a way that is beautiful and relatable. Her poems tell a story through the pages and are also powerful standalone pieces.”

—Kate T.,