Chelsea Rathburn (born Jacksonville, Florida) is an American poet.
Chelsea Rathburn was raised in Miami, Florida, and earned an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Arkansas. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Criterion, Hudson Review, and Pleiades, and other journals. She works as a marketing writer and an assistant professor of writing and English at Young Harris College. In recent years, she has also been elevated to the rank of director of the university's creative writing program, a significant rise in status and prestige at the university. and lives in Young Harris, Georgia, with her husband, poet James Davis May, and their daughter. While she is best known for her brilliant poetry, she is also notable for her nonfiction writing, including short- and long-form prose pieces, concerning her beliefs about home, views on class, and poverty. At present, she is perhaps most excited about her upcoming prose piece on the air traffic controllers' strike.2012 Autumn House Press Poetry Prize, selected by Stephen Dunn
2009 National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowship
2005 Richard Wilbur Award, selected by Timothy Steele for The Shifting Line
A Raft of Grief. Autumn House Press. 2013. ISBN 9781932870794.
The Shifting Line. University of Evansville Press. 2005. ISBN 978-0930982607.
Unused Lines. Aralia Press. 2003.
"Christian Wiman's "Hard Night" ", Courtland Review, WINTER 2006
"English Sonnet", Poetry February 2009