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.

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.

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