Chelsey Minnis

Chelsey Minnis

  • Chelsey Minnis grew up in Denver. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of Baby, I don't care (Wave Books, 2018), Poemland (Wave Books, 2009), Zirconia (Fence Books, 2001), Foxina (Seeing Eye Books, 2002) and Bad Bad (Fence Books, 2007). She lives in Boulder, Colorado. She also writes screenplays.

    (author photo by Rasheeda Winfield) 

  • Reviews

    [Minnis] has more killer lines per square-foot than Seidel even. Her subject is poetry, its awfulness, its pretensions, its ‘business’, and she arrives armed.
    —Sam Riviere, The Quietus

    If you agree with Aristotle when he writes in the Poetics that “the greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor” and that such mastery is “a sign of genius,” then you might also agree that Chelsey Minnis is a brilliant mastermind.
    –Chris Tonelli, Black Ocean

    The great substance of Minnis’s writing is what she can do without typical poetic accoutrement. No vivid imagery, no rhyme or meter, no real sonic resonance, just honest language stripped apart and put back together in a way that is rarely seen: honestly.
    Cannoli Pie

    Minnis excels at teetering in perfect balance between the childishly vapid and the ultimately truthful.
    –Elisa Gabbert, Open Letters

    Minnis mixes the postmodern with the nearly archaic: her exclamatory lines contain an almost troubadour-like quality in their exuberance for announcing their thoughts.
    Publishers Weekly

    The force behind Minnis’s work is truly in the baldness of the lines. She does not force her readers into her self-made paradigms or attempts to define objective truth. She writes, you read, that’s it.

    Reviews of books by Chelsey Minnis


  • Poems
    - Eight Poems (in Stockholm Review)
    - Five poems (in Coconut Poetry)
    - “A Speech About the Moon” (in Fence Magazine)
    - “Revenger” (in GutCult)
    - Six poems (in The New Yinzer)
    - Five poems (in Play / No Play)

  • Audio
    - Chelsey Minnis talks to Emily Berry from The Poetry Society

  • No readings scheduled at this time.

Related Titles

Baby, I don't care
Baby, I don't care
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