Candice Kelsey

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Author's Bio

CANDICE KELSEY [she/her] is a poet, educator, and activist in Georgia. She serves as a creative writing mentor with PEN America's Prison Writing Program; her work appears in West Trestle, Heimat Review, Poet Lore, and Worcester Review among other journals. Recently, Candice was a finalist in Iowa Review's Poetry Contest and nominated for a Best Microfiction 2023. She is the author of Still I am Pushing (FLP '20), A Poet (ABP '22), and a forthcoming collection with Pine Row Press. Her first chapbook based on the Choose Your Own Adventure book series releases in spring '23.  Find her @candice-kelsey-7 @candicekelsey1 and

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Atlas and Alice
Grim & Gilded
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Montana Mouthful
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Reservoir Road Literary Review
Teachers & Writers Magazine


The Poet Dreams of Driving a Ding-a-Ling Ice Cream Truck & Other Means of Escape (Pine Row Press, 2023)
A Girl / Woman / Teacher / Poet (Alien Buddha Press, 2022)
Still I am Pushing (Finishing Line Press, 2020)
Prizes won: 

Nominated, Best Microfiction 2022

Finalist, Iowa Review Annual Poetry Contest, 2022

Finalist, Teachers & Writers Collaborative Bechtel Prize, 2022

Semi-finalist, Meadowlark Press Birdy Prize, 2022

Finalist, Cutthroat Joy Harjo Poetry Prize, 2021

Winner, Two Sisters Micro Story Contest, 2021

Winner, Rebecca Laird Poetry Prize, 2020

Winner, Common Ground Poetry Contest, 2019

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Ada Limon Linda Pastan Marilyn Chin Mark Doty Sharon Olds Lucille Clifton Natasha Tretheway Kwame Dawes Natalie Diaz
What I'm reading now: 
The Poem's Heartbeat: A Manual of Prosody by Alfred Corn

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Last update: Jan 30, 2023