Chelsey Clammer's creative thesis manuscript, Circadian, has been selected as the 2015 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Manuscript Award winner! The prize includes an honorarium and publication of the book by Red Hen Press. To see the full list of winners from Red Hen Press's Award series click HERE.
Circadian is a collection of lyric essays that goes beyond personal narrative, and uses language and different structures of thought as a framework to explore experiences of trauma, mental illnesses, and relationships. Using math to figure out the problem of an alcoholic father, weather to re-consider trauma, the history of sexism to understand our connection with names, and grammar as a way to question our identities, these “facts” don’t work as metaphors, but frameworks and forms. It is through these frameworks that we witness the brilliant and destructive cycles of who we are.
On November 19, 2015, Chelsey Clammer gave a reading at Women & Children First bookstore in Chicago, IL. She read from BodyHome and a shortened version of "A Striking Resemblance," which was an honorary mention for Water~Stone Review's 2014 Judith Kitchen Prize in Nonfiction.
Runner-up for Black Warrior Review's 2014 Nonfiction Contest
Judge Kiese Laymon had this to say about Chelsey Clammer's essay:
"Like thousands of other contemporary essays, Mother Tongue is really exploring the language we’ve used to get us from one point to another. Unlike most of those essays, Mother Tongue wanders wonderfully into that terrifying intersection of history, complicity, identity and familial trauma. It’s one of the few essays I’ve read in a long time where every page surprised me and every paragraph made me want to read them again. It’s an incredible offering."
Chelsey Clammer is the 2015 winner of the Red Hen Press Nonfiction Manuscript Award for her creative thesis, Circadian. She is a Pushcart Prize-nominated essayist who has been published in The Rumpus, Essay Daily, The Water~Stone Review and Black Warrior Review, among many others. She is the Essays Editor for The Nervous Breakdown and Founding Editor of www.insideoutediting.com. Her first collection of essays, BodyHome, was released in 2015. Her second collection, There Is Nothing Else to See Here, is forthcoming from The Lit Pub. Clammer is currently enrolled in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA program.