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January 2019 Publications!

"June Bugs." Foliate Oak Magazine. January 2019.

"Carving Out a Community." WOW Women on Writing: The Trenches. January 2019.

"Balcony, 3am." Atticus Review. January 2019.



Great review of Circadian from Reader Views!

Circadian serves as a testament that writing is an effective way of dealing with trauma and tragedy. Reading this work is both emotional and therapeutic. Discovering how another person handles difficult events in their life is fascinating and can be exactly what someone needs to survive their own. Clammer’s essays provide a study into her mind, as well as offers several new ways for the reader to view life." 

Read the full review HERE.


Interview with The Rumpus!

"In reality, there is no “right” way to write, just like there is no “right” kind of body to have. We write. We have bodies. This is who we are and when we write/live against the social standards and expectations, we find a true sense of beauty in that exploration, and not just in the end result, but the exploration is a type of beauty on its own."

Read the full interview HERE.


Interview with Pyschology Today


"I think what’s interesting about all of this is that some of these essays took months to write and I had to do a TON of revisions to get that “manic-genius” energy onto the page. It didn’t just sprout out of me—I had to revise my way there. This is where I think personal experience influences the ways we write. I’ve had all of these experiences and I know how I felt during and after them, so my job as a writer is to create the tone and energy that I felt during those moments and then shape them into something cohesive-ish on the page. This is where craft and technique come in."

Read the full interview HERE.


Excellent Circadian Review By Angela Mackintosh with WOW! Women On Writing

"Thinking critically about her discomfort by writing about difficult subjects with heart is what Chelsey does successfully in these masterful, innovative, and truly moving essays."

Read the full review HERE.


Circadian Voted One of the Top 10 Books To Read this Fall

More information HERE.





Reading at Corneila Street Cafe

29 Cornelia St

New York, NY 10014

September 13, 2017

6:00 PM


Chelsey Clammer will be reading with two other Red Hen Press authors, Sebastian Matthews and Kathline Carr.



Tuesday, October 3rd, 7pm

Circadian release celebration at BookWoman!

5501 North Lamar #A-105

Austin, TX 78751

(512) 472-2785

Come celebrate the release of Chelsey Clammer’s second collection of essays, Circadian. Winner of the 2015 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Manuscript Award, Circadian is a collection of 12 lyric essays that all engage with inventive forms of writing to tell personal stories about trauma, mental illness, alcoholism, gender, the body, and letting go.

More information can be found HERE.



New Column: "The (Sub)mission: Rejection Acceptance"

Published on WOW! Women on Writing


"As someone who perceives the glass as neither half-empty nor half-full, but rather, “Hot damn! There’s something in that glass,” I approach rejections with some optimism in the form of “Hmm. Next.” Not to say that getting a rejection is a joyous moment of my day. No one enjoys getting a submission response that contains the word “unfortunately.” For me, those emails unfortunately are not rare.




New Column: "The (Sub)mission: Hard-Working Writer Seeks Widely Read Journal"

Published on WOW! Women on Writing


"Your submission is a message to the journal’s editor that declares, 'I think we’d be great together.' With so many submission fish to choose from in the lit journal sea, it’s best to do something that will get the editor to notice you, such as following their submission guidelines. I know this doesn’t sound like the sexiest type of flirtation, but look at it this way: if youdon’t follow the submission guidelines, you’ll be noticed in a disqualified/rejected sort of way. Therefore, if you followthe guidelines, the journal will then actually read your submission, which is what gives the editors the opportunity to notice you and your writing capabilities."





Chelsey will be the nonfiction workshop instructor for Writefest this year. She will also be teaching a mini-workshop, be on a few panels, and will conduct an informative interview about literary journals. Writefest is a week-long writers festival taking place March 6-12th, 2017 in Houston, TX. The festival kicks off with a series of Monday-Friday workshops and culminates in a weekend filled with panels and presentations by local and national writers and literary journal editors of all genres, a Literary Journal Fair, and readings by local and nationally-recognized authors.

Go to for more details.


New Publication: "Flowchart for Fixing an Awkward Sentence"

Published on Passages North


(It really is a flowchart!!!)

See entire flowchart HERE.




New Column: "The (Sub)mission: What My Submissions Spreadsheet Teaches Me"

Published on WOW! Women on Writing


"I once submitted an essay to a journal that had read and rejected the exact same essay two weeks prior. The second essay I submitted was not an updated draft—not one single revision existed within its four pages. In fact, it wasn’t even a different document in my computer. It literally was the exact same essay. The editors were nice enough not to point this out in their repeat rejection letter."




New Publication: "Collection"

Published on Hobart


Today the bookshelf dust has grabbed my attention. I was looking for my copy of Bluets because it’s just been one of those days—where chaos keeps on coming, making impacts and rippling out, echoing along with everything else that has gone wrong. Since this is not the first time a single day has felt like one big production of disarray, I know what to do to reset my nerves: ingest 240 doses of Maggie Nelson’s poetic exploration of her blue collection. During this search, my eyes eventually drifted up to the top of the bookcase and I saw something that I, for some reason, had yet to notice.

My father’s ashes are collecting dust.



New Column: "The (Sub)mission"

Published on WOW! Women on Writing


After having conversations with a variety of writers working in different genres, plus my own experience with writing, submitting, and editing/reading for numerous literary journals, I have discovered that there is really only one reason why you shouldn’t submit your work for publication:

1. You don’t want to be published.

Aside from that, I can’t figure out why someone wouldn’t want to submit her writing for publication.




New Interview

Published in The Writer

In the September 2016 issue of The Writer magazine, Keysha Whitaker interviews Chelsey about her submissions staistics. When Chelsey was featured on Whitaker's Behind the Prose podcast in April 2015 (episode 12), Whitaker dubbed her "The Submissions Queen" because of the 100 publications Chelsey received in just two years. Whitaker's article explores how tracking your submissions can help you to grow as a writer and published author. The Writer is available in bookstores, or you can order your copy HERE.



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.