Poetry Collections & Other Work

Render: Poems
(2013, Sibling Rivalry Press)

*Selected for American Library Association's 2014 Over the Rainbow List
*2013 Best Book of the Year selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Split This Rock, The Scrapper Poet and Rattle Readers' Favorites.

Render is an absolutely beautiful telling of a life in poems: brave, direct, and crafted in short narratives that are both satisfying and disturbing in all the best ways. - Maureen Seaton

A gorgeous, sassy, sexy collection by an exceptionally fine poet - Stacey Lynn Brown

Read more reviews and watch the book trailer at this link. Purchase from Sibling Rivalry Press, Amazon, B&N or find it at an independent bookstore near you.


Kiss Shot: Stories
(2012, Amazon Kindle Exclusive)

Kelley understands the South as well as Tennessee Williams, Flannery O'Connor and Carson McCullers... to name only a few. He has the language down pat and delivers it so surely that for a suspended moment in time the reader is utterly immersed in the bizarre situations he explores. - Grady Harp

Shocking in their plot turns, but always grounded in reality and solid in their fundamentals. - Chicago Center for Literature & Photography

Purchase exclusively in the Amazon Kindle Store.



Slow To Burn: Poems
(2006, MetroMania Press; reissued 2011, Seven Kitchens Press)

In examining his life through the flash-bulb points of memory – coming out, experiencing heartbreak, wrestling with the angel of death – Kelley creates a truly universal work that discusses the most painful of human experiences bravely and with unflinching honesty. - The Pedestal

Collin masterfully patterns his lines and juxtaposes pieces, varying his burn from spark to combustion to soft smolder. - SubtleTea

Purchase at Seven Kitchens Press or the eBook at Scribd. 


After the Poison: Poems
(2008, Finishing Line Press)

With change and uncertainty on our American horizon, After the Poison will serve as literary time capsule, capturing the events that divided many us, tugged at our heart strings, made us take a stand or simply look away. Kelley’s rank as one of our country’s highly regarded contemporary poets is well deserved, as proven by the beautiful work in this exceptional collection. - Main Street Rag

It is a cliche to say of a poet that he writes as if his hair is on fire. Collin Kelley writes as if the world is on fire. And it is. - Galatea Resurrects 

Collin Kelley has America dead to rights in this collection of politically charged poems. - Alsop Review

Purchase at Amazon.



HalfLife Crisis: A Spoken Word Album
(2004, Perry Playhouse)

HalfLife Crisis is a moving and powerful selection of spoken word - Southern California Poetix

HalfLife Crisis is a cool complement to Better To Travel... the album is comprised of some of Kelley's best work. - SubtleTea

Purchase at iTunes or listen at Spotify.



Better To Travel: Poems
(2003, iUniverse)

A startling new voice. - Patricia Smith

Better To Travel is a force to be reckoned with. This collection moves smoothly and packs a punch, almost like a novel... it is a journey worth taking. - Lambda Book Report

Kelley's verse most often transcends foreign terrain and maps a more personal landscape of loss, isolation and empowerment. - Creative Loafing

The moving, stark work has the makings of a rising star of Atlanta letters. - Atlanta Pride Magazine

Purchase at iUniverse, Amazon or B&N.


For a more detailed bibliography, including anthologies where Collin's work has appeared, visit this link.

Collin Kelley: Modern Confessional

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