Chelsea Rathburn is the author of one previous collection, The Shifting Line, which won the 2005 Richard Wilbur Award. Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, New England Review, Five Points, and many other journals, and her honors include a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. Originally from Miami, she attended Florida State University and earned an MFA from the University of Arkansas. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband, the poet James Davis May, and their daughter, Adelyn.
"In her excellent A Raft of Grief, Chelsea Rathburn probes the varieties and nuances of love and relationships with unsparing lucidity.... I love how she’s able to affirm what can happen between two people, while asking if a story-teller sometimes has to 'sacrifice lovers and selves to the narrative arc?' She’s willing to, which is one reason why her narratives are so persuasive – her allegiance throughout is to the poem as a whole. She will not let her fine moments overwhelm, as lesser poets often do; her limpid, yet complicated phrasing is always part of the poem’s fabric."
Autumn House Press