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.
Chelsea’s poems have appeared in Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic, The Southern Review, New England Review, The Threepenny Review and Ploughshares, among other journals and anthologies. New work is forthcoming in Five Points and The Oxford American. In 2009, she received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Chelsea lives in Young Harris, Georgia, 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.