Clela Reed


Athens, GA
Georgia US

Author's Bio

Clela Reed is the author of seven collections of poetry. Recently Silk (Evening Street Press, 2019) won the Helen Kay Chapbook Prize and then the 2020 Georgia Author of the Year in chapbook competition. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has had poems published in The Cortland Review, Southern Poetry Review, The Atlanta Review, Valparaiso Review, The Literati Review, Clapboard House, and many others. A former English teacher and Peace Corps volunteer, when not traveling or shooing deer from her garden, she lives and writes with her husband in their woodland home near Athens, Georgia.

Publications & Prizes

Or Current Resident (Aldrich Press, 2019)
The Hero of the Revolution Serves Us Tea (Negative Capability Press, 2014)
Dancing On the Rim (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2009)
Chapbooks: ,
Word Bully (Finishing Line Press, 2018)
Of Root and Sky (Pudding House Publications, 2010)
Bloodline (Evening Street Press, 2009)
Prizes won: 
  • Georgia Author of the Year (Poetry Chapbook category)—Winner, 2020
  • Power of Women Award (National Federation of State Poetry Societies)—2nd Place, 2020
  • Helen Kay Chapbook Prize (Evening Street Press)—Winner, 2018
  • Byron Herbert Reece International Award—3rd Place, 2005
  • Hall Memorial Award —1st Place, 2004
  • Annette Rumph Peery Award —3rd Place, 2004
  • ByLine Magazine Poetry Contests—2nd and 3rd Places,  New Talent, Nov. 2004;2nd  Place, Narrative Poem, Nov. 2005; 1st Place, Spring Poem, Jun. 2006; 1st Place, Seasonal Poem, Jan. 2008

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Born in: 
Foley, AL
Raised in: 
Robertsdale, AL
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Last update: May 19, 2022