About Collin

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Short Bio

Collin Kelley is the author of the novels Conquering Venus and Remain In Light, which have just been re-issued in new editions by Sibling Rivalry Press. Remain In Light was the runner-up for the 2013 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Fiction and a 2012 finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction. His poetry collections include Better To Travel (2003, iUniverse), Slow To Burn (2006, MetroMania Press), After the Poison (2008, Finishing Line Press) and Render (2013, Sibling Rivalry Press), chosen by the American Library Association for its 2014 Over the Rainbow Book List. Kelley is also the author of the short story collection, Kiss Shot (2012, Amazon Kindle Exclusive). A recipient of the Georgia Author of the Year Award, Deep South Festival of Writers Award and Goodreads Poetry Award, Kelley’s poetry, essays and interviews have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies around the world.

Long Bio

Collin Kelley is a novelist, poet and playwright from Atlanta, Georgia. The first two novels in his Venus Trilogy – Conquering Venus and Remain In Light – have just been re-issued in new editions by Sibling Rivalry Press. Remain In Light was a finalist for the 2012 Townsend Prize for Fiction and the runner-up for the 2013 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Fiction. Conquering Venus appeared in 2009 and was an Amazon bestseller. The third book in the trilogy, Leaving Paris, will be published by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2015. Kelley self-published a short story collection, Kiss Shot, exclusively for the Amazon Kindle in 2012.

His debut collection of poetry, Better To Travel, was nominated for the 2003 Georgia Author of the Year Award, Kate Tufts Discovery Award and Lambda Literary Award. MetroMania Press published a limited-edition chapbook, Slow To Burn, in 2006. Seven Kitchens Press re-issued Slow To Burn as part of its ReBound Series in August 2011. A chapbook of political poetry, After the Poison, was a finalist for Finishing Line Press' annual contest and was published in 2008. Kelley's second full-length poetry collection, Render, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press in April 2013. It was named as one of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Best Books of 2013 and chosen by the American Library Association for its 2014 Over the Rainbow Book List. A spoken word album, HalfLife Crisis, was released in 2004 and is available at iTunes. 
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Kelley is a multiple Pushcart Prize nominee and a recipient of the 2007 Georgia Author of the Year/Taran Memorial Award from the Georgia Writers Association at Kennesaw State University. His poem, "My Mother Demonstrates How To Escape From A Plane Crash," won the Goodreads Poetry Contest in 2012. He is the recipient of numerous reading/workshop grants from Poets & Writers

His play, The Dark Horse, was the recipient of the 1994 Deep South Festival of Writer's Award for Best Play from the University of Louisiana. The play also won the Georgia Theatre Conference Award for Best Play in 1997 and was re-staged in 2005 by Theatre Gael in Atlanta. A second play, Porcelain, premiered at Script Theatre Company in Atlanta in 1991. 

Kelley has been invited to read at universities, festivals and reading series both nationally and internationally, including San Jose State University, Florida State University, Savannah College of Art & Design, Oglethorpe University, Kennesaw State University, University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Georgia Perimeter College, Beyond Baroque, Redondo Poets, The Writer's Center, Bowery Poetry Club, Pink Pony at Cornelia Street Cafe, Austin International Poetry Festival, Poetry at Callanwolde, Georgia Literary Festival, National Black Arts Festival, Decatur Book Festival, Rainbow Book Festival, Saints & Sinners Literary Festival, Southern Festival of Books, Poetry At Tech and Polari at London's Southbank Centre. 

He leads workshops on submitting, publishing and marketing poetry, including using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. He has guest lectured on social media at the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans, Decatur Book Festival and at Worcester College at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Since 2006, he has been a student mentor and guest judge for the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest created by the Poetry Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts.

Kelley is co-director of the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, sits on the board of Poetry Atlanta and on the advisory council for Georgia Center for the Book. By day, Kelley is the managing editor for Atlanta Intown newspaper. He has been a journalist for more than 25 years. 

Publications - Magazines & Journals

  • Atlanta Review
  • Verse Daily
  • Eye Socket Journal
  • Scythe
  • Creative Loafing
  • Ecotone
  • Ouroboros Review
  • Hobble Creek Review
  • Tears In The Fence
  • MiPOesias
  • Locuspoint
  • Contemporary American Voices
  • Motel 58
  • In Posse Review
  • The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature
  • Blue Fifth Review
  • poeticdiversity
  • Terminus
  • New Delta Review
  • Chiron Review
  • Split Shot
  • In Motion
  • Poetz
  • The Pedestal
  • Lily
  • Blaze
  • d'Arts
  • Welter
  • Poetry Super Highway
  • Velvet Mafia
  • The Harrow
  • Alternative Arts and Literature
  • SubtleTea
  • Offerings
  • Sophomore Jinx
  • Press 1
  • Assaracus
  • International Gallerie
  • New Trespass
  • HomeGround
  • Whale Sound
  • Necessary Fiction
  • Floating Bridge Review
  • VerseWrights
  • Chelsea Station
  • Jonathan


  • Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (forthcoming from Poets Wear Prada)
  • Drawn to Marvel: Poems From the Comic Books (Minor Arcana Press)
  • Electronic Corpse: Poems from a Digital Salon (Svaha Paradox)
  • Between: New Gay Poetry (Chelsea Station Editions)
  • this assignment is so gay: LGBTIQ Poets on  the Art of Teaching (Sibling Rivalry Press)
  • Where Thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe (Lethe Press)
  • The Southern Poetry Anthology Vol. V: Georgia (Texas A&M University Press)
  • Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word & Poetry (Lowbrow Press)
  • A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry (University of Akron Press)
  • Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on Their Muses (Lethe Press) 
  • Don't Blame the Ugly Mug (Tebot Bach)
  • My Diva: 65 Gay Men On The Women Who Inspire Them (University of Wisconsin Press) 
  • CRUX: A Conversation in Words and Images (Fulton County Arts Council)
  • A Slice of Cherry Pie (Half Empty/Half Full Press; The Private Press)
  • di-verse-city 2005 and 2006 (Austin International Poetry Festival Anthology)
  • Shout Them From the Mountain Tops: Georgia Poems (GCTE)
  • Java Monkey Speaks Anthology Vols. 1-4 (Poetry Atlanta Press, Kelley is co-editor)
  • Red Light: Superheroes, Saints & Sluts (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • Nine Tenths of the Law (Word Diversity Collective Press)
  • The Thrill and The Hurting: Poems and Art Inspired by Kate Bush (Morning Fog Press, Kelley is co-editor)
  • We Don't Stop Here (The Private Press)
  • OCHO (guest editor of Twitter edition)
  • Trouble & Hope: A DVD Anthology (Poetry Atlanta Press) 

Other Selected Writing/Projects

  • The Guardian
  • Huffington Post
  • Gadling
  • AOL Travel
  • Georgia Magazine
  • Lambda Literary
  • MovieMaker (interview with Wim Wenders)
  • Project Q Atlanta (interview with Pam Grier)
  • Ouroboros Review (interview with Vanessa Daou)
  • Atlanta Intown (interview with Margaret Atwood)
  • Soldout
  • Like the Dew
  • SubtleTea 
  • Spoken word performances: Two Voices (1994) and Poems for Conquering Venus (1995) - WREK FM's Advise and Dissent program.
  • Hosted web-based poetry show The Business of Words 
  • Inaugural Writer-In-Residence for Poets & Writers blog

E-MAIL COLLIN:  collinkelley@gmail.com 
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Collin Kelley: Modern Confessional

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