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.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Literary Notes & Notions

My essay "Foreign Affairs" about the creation of The Venus Trilogy is now up at The Good Men Project. I plan to contribute on a regular basis to the site, so watch for future posts.

The Broadleaf Writers Conference is coming up Sept. 24-25 at the DeKalb County Library in Decatur. There will be two days of panels and critique sessions with writers, agents and editors. There's only 150 slots available, so sign up today!

Sibling Rivalry Press is transitioning to a nonprofit and needs your help. The press has been offered a matching grant of $25,000, so SRP is doing a summer fundraiser. The press is offering up some cool perks (including one of the few remaining copies of Ocean Vuong's rare chapbook, Burnings). Help this award-winning press get to the next level by making a donation at this link.

Theresa Davis and I will be reading poetry at the Word of Mouth series at The Globe in Athens on Tuesday, June 7, at 8 p.m. If you happen to be in the city (or feel like making a road trip), come and join us.

The "Leaving Paris" song by Vanessa Daou and brokenkites, which was inspired by novel, received a wonderful review at DMC World. "A spellbinding piece of music that deserves your dedication." Read the full review at this link.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Turn Left

Courtesy Phoenix Art Museum

Turn Left
after Philip C. Curtis’ The Bride’s Descent

We watch your descent
just out of frame
caught mid-stair
head bowed in prayer
or maybe mourning.

The empty bedroom
echoes behind you
as the floor below
turns chessboard –
the next move is yours.

Turn right
toward the empty chair
and its funeral parlor
stillness where future
and inevitability wait.

Turn left
into the red velvet
throat of disappearing
out the distant door
with your hands open
and your head up.

~ Collin Kelley

This poem originally appeared in the Four Chambers Press anthology Poetry and Prose for the Phoenix Art Museum.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Upcoming Events

Sibling Rivalry Press Authors in Conversation
Charis Books & More, Atlanta
May 12 at 7:30 p.m. 
Megan Volpert ("1976"), Collin Kelley ("Leaving Paris") and Theresa Davis ("After this We Go Dark" and the forthcoming "Drowned: A Mermaid's Manifesto") discuss their journey with award-winning Sibling Rivalry Press and the creation of their latest books. The authors - who work in essay, poetry and fiction -- will read short excerpts from their work and take questions from the audience about the process of working with a small press, creating work in various genres and more. All authors books will be for sale and availble for signing at the event. This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Event. The suggested donation is $5. 1189 Euclid Ave. in Little Five Points. www.charisbooksandmore.com

Mysterious Ways: Collin Kelley & Erica Wright in Conversation
Georgia Center for the Book at the DeKalb Public Library, Decatur
June 2, 7:15 p.m.
Novelists Collin Kelley ("Leaving Paris") and Erica Wright ("The Granite Moth") will discuss and read from their new mystery novels at the Decatur Library. Kelley's latest wraps up his Venus Trilogy as Paris teeters on the brink of chaos that eerily foreshadows the city's recent turmoil, while Wright's disguise-skilled private detective, Kat Stone, is on the trail of a deadly gangster. Eagle Eye Book Shop will provide books for the evening. 135 Sycamore St., Decatur. www.georgiacenterforthebook.org

Saturday, April 16, 2016

"Leaving Paris" is officially published

Leaving Paris is officially out and Sibling Rivalry Press is offering a sweetheart deal for those who haven't read the whole trilogy – all three books for just $30. You can also by them separately, but that's an incredible bargain for three trade paperbacks. Click this link to order. The offer is only good through April 30.

You can also download the song "Leaving Paris" created by Vanessa Daou and brokenkites at iTunes and other digital retailers. Watch the music video below.

Collin Kelley: Modern Confessional

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