Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A new poem: The Last Confession of Sister Ruth

A wind in the door... Kathleen Byron as Sister Ruth in Black Narcissus

I am thrilled to have a second new poem, "The Last Confession of Sister Ruth",  published in The Ekphrastic Review. This persona poem was inspired by the classic Powell/Pressburger film Black Narcissus, about the lust, jealousy and madness among a group of nuns in a remote Himalayan convent. Kathleen Byron's portrayal of mad Sister Ruth is brilliant. Again, many thanks to editor Lorette C. Luzajic for selecting this poem and "Turning", which appeared a few weeks ago.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Leaving Paris eBook, new poetry and more

Cape Cod Morning by Edward Hopper
The eBook edition of Leaving Paris is now available for the Amazon Kindle. The eBook is also available in the .mobi format for Kindle and .ePub format for iPad, iPhone, Nook, etc. directly from Sibling Rivalry Press. Thank you so much to all of you who have asked about the eBook and waited patiently for its release. Sibling Rivalry Press wanted to make sure the digital version looked just as good as the print. They do fantastic work!

Speaking of Sibling Rivalry Press, the big summer fundraiser was a giant success! The press was offered a $25,000 grant if they could raise the same amount. The goal was met last week. SRP is on its way to becoming a nonprofit and bringing you more fiction, poetry and nonfiction that disturbs and enraptures. Publisher Bryan Borland was in Atlanta on July 26 for a special SRP reading with me, Megan Volpert, Theresa Davis, Brent Calderwood and Kaveh Akbar. It was beautiful reading and books were flying out the door. Many thanks to all those who came out to support us.

I have a new poem called "Turning" at The Ekphrastic Review. It's based on the Edward Hopper painting "Cape Cod Morning." A second new poem will appear in August. Many thanks to editor Lorette Luzajic for selecting my work.

Monday, July 11, 2016

What comes next?

Now that The Venus Trilogy is complete, I've been asked numerous times what I'm working on next. Simple answer: a new poetry collection. It's actually been in the works since Render came out three years ago and is slowly starting to take shape. I have no idea when it will be out – possibly 2018 or 2019 if it's ready and Sibling Rivalry Press is interested in publishing it.

After that, I'll focus on the short story collection that extends the stories and characters introduced in the eBook Kiss Shot. No idea when that will appear, but hopefully in the not too distant future.

And then? A memoir? Another trilogy with Diane, Sullivan and Julie from the Venus books taking front and center? We shall see. 

In the meantime, if you've read Leaving Paris – or the entire trilogy – please post a review at Amazon, Goodreads or B&N. Every review helps boost the profile and sales of the book. 

My next reading will be July 26 when I will join Kaveh Akbar, Theresa Davis, Jessie Carty, Brent Calderwood, Megan Volpert and Bryan Borland for "An Evening With Sibling Rivalry Press" at Georgia Center for the Book. Find out more at this link. Join us! 

And one final note: Support #BlackLivesMatter. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Nuclear Seasons

My essay "My Nuclear Summer With Sara Teasdale" is now up at the Cross Cut blog for the film Guys Reading Poems. Teasdale's work is featured in Hunter Lee Hughes' film and he asked me write about my discovery of the poet in 1979 after reading "There Will Come Soft Rains" in Ray Bradbury's classic novel The Martian Chronicles. In Guys Reading Poems, a resourceful boy creatively uses poetry to survive when his mother, a disturbed avant garde painter, locks him in a puppet box and builds an art installation around his imprisonment. This neo-noir film is currently playing at festivals and will hopefully be coming to a cinema and streaming near you soon.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


The text and audio of my poem "Atonement" is featured today at VerseWrights. This poem began while I was watching the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel at a cinema in London in 2007. I wrote fragments of the first few stanzas sitting in the drizzle on a bench in Leicester Square, worried that I would lose the lines. It was finished some weeks later back in America. The poem is dedicated to the memory of Christopher Jason Siddons. Many thanks to VerseWrights editor Carl Sharpe for his support.

Monday, June 13, 2016


What happened in Orlando was a hate crime committed by a disturbed homophobe and racist with a tenuous link to ISIS, but easy access to assault rifles. The killer drove two hours to specifically target an LGBT nightclub on Latin night. The killer was an American citizen and a wannabe cop, who had been investigated for terrorism links and was employed as a security guard despite this. His ex-wife accused him of domestic violence. Do not be swayed from the facts by right-wingers, conservative media and politicians spinning and framing this tragedy as a reason to escalate war, ban immigrants or target Muslims. Terrorism is the ultimate hate crime. To diminish the fact that this was an act of violence aimed at the LGBT community is another form of hate and an attempt – once again – to erase us. Do not be quiet, do not lie down.

Collin Kelley: Modern Confessional

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