Sunday, November 29, 2015

11th annual Voices Carry poetry reading

You’ve had the turkey, dressing, casseroles, desserts, time with family and friends and all the naps you could manage. But the holiday season isn’t truly underway without the literary festivus that is Poetry Atlanta’s Voices Carry.

Held in conjunction with Georgia Center for the Book, this year’s reading features Cecilia Woloch, Michelle Castleberry, Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor and Theresa Davis. I'll be hosting the evening and reading a few poems, too.

The reading will be held Monday, Nov. 30, 7:15 p.m. at the DeKalb County Public Library in Decatur, 215 Sycamore Street, in the lower level auditorium. There will be plenty of free parking in the deck. Books from the program’s poets will be available for purchase from our friends at Charis Books and More/Charis Circle.

This reading is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Better To Travel reissue available for purchase

The reissue of my debut poetry collection, Better To Travel, is available now from Poetry Atlanta Press for $12.95. You can purchase a copy at this link. The collection will be available soon at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online outlets. If you live in Atlanta, you'll probably be able to find copies at indie bookshops before Christmas, too.

Here's the new blurb about the book:
Travel becomes the antidote for a disintegrating love affair as these poems take the reader deep into Kelley's wanderlust at the turn of the millennium. From the rise of the Internet and the death of Princess Diana to the First Congo War and the tragedy of September 11, Kelley's personal journey from America to Europe intersects with history-making events and pop culture.

Sunday, November 15, 2015


The scent of where I've been
fades as soon as I open the suitcase.
Salty sweat stains gone in a wash cycle.

Only my discount store shoes,
bought for comfort rather than looks,
are admissible evidence:

Remnants of gum from Gare du Nord,
the black scuff from Bastille,
a tiny stone from Jardin des Plantes.

I'll never clean these shoes—
let foreign soil bond with rubber,
the nicks and marks permanent scars.

Bury me in them, even in tatters,
so that the dust of Paris is always
on the bottom of my feet.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Three new poems at Luna Luna Magazine

I am thrilled to have three new poems – "Nineteen," "Brunch" and "Nostalgia" – at Luna Luna Magazine. You can read them at this link.

Many thanks to Lisa Flowers for choosing these poems and to LL for welcoming me. It's one of my favorite journals. 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Change of plans

I'm supposed to be in London, but I'm still in Atlanta.

I arrived in Washington D.C. on Tuesday for my connecting flight to London when I got a call that my mother had been in a car accident. Delta got me on a plane back to Atlanta that same evening.

Mom has a broken wrist, nose and lots of cuts and bruises from the airbags deploying. She will recover, but I'm a lousy caretaker and she's a lousy patient.

I am disappointed as hell that I missed the 20th anniversary trip to London and Paris and all the writing I planned to do, but Donna and I are already looking ahead to early 2016.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Where I've been...

Since I last posted, my apartment has been renovated (which was hell, but it looks great), the reissue of Better To Travel was completed and will soon be available for purchase, gorgeous photos were taken by Colin Potts for the cover art of Leaving Paris, and Sibling Rivalry Press just sent over the first galley.

And now I'm leaving for London and Paris. I have no readings or events set up, so this trip is all about seeing friends, going to museums, seeing films, visiting my favorite book and music shops and using the two weeks as a writing retreat. I'll work on the galley and I hope to come home with a clutch of new poems. I'm staying with my friend and follow poet Agnes Meadows and we're planning to write every day. I cannot tell you how excited I am to have some focused writing time, especially while I'm in Europe.

I'll be posting some updates over the next couple of weeks, so watch this space.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Self-portrait at 46

Poetry readings and workshops

Karen Head and I will do another Call & Response reading for Poetry Atlanta and Georgia Center for the Book on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7:15 p.m. at the Decatur Library. We'll be reading our poetry round-robin style selecting poems on the fly to find common themes, moods and imagery. It’s a fun, experimental and unexpected evening of poetry because we have no idea what's coming next. The event is free and open to the public.

If you're interested in learning more about the craft of poetry and you live on the southside of Atlanta, you might want to sign up for my fall workshop at the Peachtree City Library on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a generative workshop and we'll specifically be discussing and writing confessional and prose poetry. More details and registration information at this link.

The reissue of Better To Travel is taking a little bit longer than expected. It was supposed to be ready for the Decatur Book Festival, but it's now looking like October. There will definitely be copies available during the 11th annual Voices Carry reading on Nov. 30. And you might want to mark that date on your calendar since it's going to be a fantastic lineup: Theresa Davis, Michelle Castleberry, Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor and Cecilia Woloch. You'll be sick of turkey and relatives by then, so come out to the Decatur Library to hear these fine poets.

Collin Kelley: Modern Confessional

Welcome to Collin Kelley: Modern Confessional, the website for poet, novelist, playwright and journalist Collin Kelley.