BodyHome by Chelsey Clammer
In her debut essay collection, Chelsey Clammer dives flesh-first into finding her home. But these essays aren’t about places, but a state of mind-when you’re at home in your body, you’re at home in the world. With both lyricism and wit, Clammer uses her body to explore a complicated history of assault, addictions, mental illnesses and sexuality. Ranging from hilarious to chilling, the powerful prose in BodyHome drives our bodies back home.
“Clammer’s raw voice and her rich use of language give her stories a rare authenticity and authority, demanding that the reader follow her in a bold, brash exploration of the nonfiction form. Her work is playful, furious, passionate, electric, and truly brave.” –Marya Hornbacher author of Wasted and Madness
“On her journey to inhabit her elusive self, Chelsey Clammer drives straight into the body’s complex ecstasies and denials. The path she clears along the way opens into language rich with honesty, shining with compassion and present to the chaos of addiction, rage, and grief. In the end, the place at which she arrives — the very body she’s been carrying with her all along — shelters a new and tender vitality.” – Lia Purpura author of On Looking and Rough Likeness
Published: Hopewell Publications, 03/01/2015
$16.95, 194 pages
Chelsey Clammer has been published in The Rumpus, Essay Daily, The Water~Stone Review and Black Warrior Review (forthcoming) among many others. She is the Managing Editor and Nonfiction Editor for The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review. Clammer is also the Nonfiction Editor for Pithead Chapel and Associate Essays Editor for The Nervous Breakdown. Her first collection of essays, BodyHome, was released from Hopewell Publishing in Spring 2015. Her second collection of essays, There Is Nothing Else to See Here, is forthcoming from The Lit Pub, Summer 2015. You can read more of her writing at: www.chelseyclammer.com.