Chelsea Rathburn is the poet laureate of Georgia and author of three books of poetry. Her poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, the Atlantic, Creative Nonfiction, and many other journals. A native of Miami, Florida, she currently lives in Macon, Georgia, with her husband, the poet James Davis May, and their daughter. She is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Mercer University.
Poetry Reading: Chelsea Rathburn, Tiana Clark
With singular vision and potent poetic form, Chelsea Rathburn (Still Life with Mother and Knife) seeks to voice matters once deemed unspeakable, and crafts a complex portrait of girlhood and motherhood from which it is impossible to look away. Tiana Clark (I Can’t Talk About the Trees without the Blood) expresses the impossibility of engaging with the physical and psychic landscape of the South without seeing the braided trauma of the broken past. Join these two poets as they read from their new collections.
James Davis May lives in Macon, Georgia, where he serves as Writer-in-Residence at Mercer University. His first poetry collection, Unquiet Things, was published by Louisiana State University Press in 2016 and selected as a finalist for the Poets’ Prize.
Still Life with Mother and Knife
In her third and most powerful collection, Chelsea Rathburn seeks to voice matters once deemed unspeakable, from collisions between children and predators to the realities of postpartum depression. Still Life with Mother and Knife considers the female body, “mute and posable,” as object of both art and violence. With singular vision and potent poetic form, Rathburn crafts a complex portrait of girlhood and motherhood from which it is impossible to look away.