Chelsea Rathburn earned an MFA from the University of Arkansas and is a native of Miami, Florida. Her first full-length collection, The Shifting Line, won the 2005 Richard Wilbur Award and was published by the University of Evansville Press. Her second collection, A Raft of Grief, was published by Autumn House Press in the spring of 2013. Her third collection, Still Life with Mother and Knife, will be published by Louisiana State University Press in February 2019.
Chelsea’s poems have appeared in Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic, The Southern Review, New England Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, The Threepenny Review and Ploughshares, among other journals and anthologies. She was recently named runner-up for the Missouri Review’s Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize, and her poems were showcased in The Missouri Review’s Summer 2018 issue. In 2009, she received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Chelsea lives in the North Georgia mountains with her husband, the poet James Davis May, and their daughter. She is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Young Harris College, where she directs the creative writing program.