Clayton State University alumnus Collin Kelley returns to campus for the Visiting Writers Reading Series for spring 2013 on Thursday, Mar. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in room L-200 of the Clayton State Library.
At the event sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of English, Kelley will be reading some of his mystery and poetry selections. The event is free to the community and will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.
“I enjoyed my time at Clayton State University and especially the encouragement of my English professor, Dr. Sharon Sellers. She recognized my potential immediately and what I learned from her was invaluable to my career as a journalist, novelist and poet,” Kelley remarks.
Kelley is a novelist, poet and playwright from Atlanta. His poetry, essays and interviews have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies around the world. The 2009 critically acclaimed Conquering Venus
was his debut novel and an Amazon bestseller. He later published Kiss Shot,
a collection of short stories, exclusively for the Amazon Kindle in 2012. His second novel, Remain In Light,
was a 2012 finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction.
He is a recipient of the 2007 Georgia Author of the Year Award
and the 2012 Goodreads Poetry Award for his poem “My Mother Demonstrates How To Escape From a Plane Crash.” Kelley’s play The Dark Horse
earned him the 1994 Deep South Festival of Writer’s Award and the 1997 Georgia Theatre Conference Award.
Kelley is co-director of the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, sits on the board of Poetry Atlanta and on he advisory council for Georgia Center for the Book. He has been a journalist for more than 25 years and is the managing editor for Atlanta Intown