Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing, Director of Creative Writing
Chelsea Rathburn joined the English and creative writing faculty of Young Harris College in 2013. She is the author of two full-length poetry collections, "A Raft of Grief," published by Autumn House Press in 2013, and "The Shifting Line," winner of the 2005 Richard Wilbur Award, as well as a poetry chapbook, "Unused Lines" published by Aralia Press in 2004. Her poems have been published in the nation’s top journals, including The Atlantic, Poetry, The New Republic, The Threepenny Review, Ploughshares, and The New England Review, and her prose has appeared in Creative Nonfiction. In 2009, she received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
A native of Miami, Fla., Rathburn holds a B.A. from The Florida State University and an M.F.A. from the University of Arkansas. Rathburn moved to Young Harris from Decatur, Ga., where she taught poetry workshops at Emory University and chaired the poetry track for the Decatur Book Festival. She lives with her husband, the poet James Davis May, and their daughter, Adelyn.