Adam Clay is the author of Circle Back (Milkweed Editions, 2024), To Make Room for the Sea (Milkweed Editions, 2020),  Stranger (Milkweed Editions, 2016), A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World (Milkweed Editions, 2012), and The Wash (Parlor Press, 2006). His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Denver Quarterly, Tin House, Bennington Review, Georgia Review, Boston Review, jubilat, Iowa Review, and elsewhere. He received a Literary Arts Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission. For twenty years, he co-edited Typo Magazine, a journal of poetry and poetics.

He is editor of Mississippi Review and directs the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi.