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Chelsey Clammer is the current writer-in-residence at the Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, FL. To find out more about the Kerouac Project and Chelsey's residency, here's a nifty video you can watch:




"If you read just one essay collection this year,

make it Circadian by Chelsey Clammer."

--Reader Views

Winner of the Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award

  A lyric, cyclical and inventive form of narrative, Circadian explores the intersection of objectivity and the poetics of our bodies.

"A compassionate and self-reflective narrator, weaving the personal into experiments with form...Clammer has successfully bridged genres here while exploring difficult subjects."

--Publisher's Weekly


Signed and personalized copies are availble ($20) by emailing Chelsey directly at:

Order Circadian HERE

Published October 3, 2017

Winner of the 2015 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award, Circadian is a collection of essays that weaves together personal account with cultural narrative, only to unravel them and explore the brilliant and destructive cycles of who we are. Using poetic language and lyric structures, Clammer dives into her stories of trauma, mental illnesses, and a wide spectrum of relationships in order to understand experience through different frameworks of thought. Whether it’s turning to mathematics to try to solve the problem of an alcoholic father, the history of naming to look at sexism, weather to re-consider trauma, or even grammar as a way to question identity, these “facts” move beyond metaphor, and become new ways to narrate our cyclical ways of being.


Reviews of Circadian:

Publishers Weekly




“In these beautifully written essays, Clammer considers the intricate, confounding, and powerful connections between story and body, narrative and physical form. She examines the subject of trauma through a series of innovative frames, casting a fearless and curious gaze on her material and bringing new insights to life.”―Marya Hornbacher, New York Times bestselling author of Wasted (Pulitzer Prize finalist)


"In sharp, beautiful language, Chelsey Clammer creates elegant, intimate prose about the violence of being female, being a daughter, the way PTSD engraves itself upon us, altering us body and mind, majorly shaping our experience of our own lives. A powerful book."―Michelle Tea, author of Valencia and Chelsea Whistle

“I have never read an interrogation of language, gender politics, or aftermath quite like Clammer's passionately searing Circadian. Though evocative of writers from Anne Carson to Kate Zambreno, Clammer’s urgency and electricity here create a flash of lightning all her own.”―Gina Frangello, author of A Life of Men and Every Kind of Wanting


"Chelsey Clammer’s new book of essays, Circadian, is a lyrical, playful, and delightfully idiosyncratic exploration of everyday wonder, language, and the 'poetics of pain.' Her voice is surefooted and smart, deftly guiding her reader through rich landscapes of memory and meaning; but it’s also equally critical and confrontational, holding a light up to experiences that demand our witness and daring us to think deeply.”― Steven Church, author of One with the Tiger: Sublime and Violent Encounters Between Humans and Animals and nonfiction editor for The Normal School.