Adam Clay is the author of 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, The Pinch, and elsewhere.


He is editor-in-chief of Mississippi Review, a co-editor of Typo Magazine, and a Book Review Editor for Kenyon Review. He directs the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi.



Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 7:00pm  CST
Allison Adair
, Adam Clay, and Benjamin Garcia,
Moderated by Kazim Ali

The Book Catapult

San Diego, CA


Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 6:00pm CST

Joy Priest and Adam Clay
Poets in Print

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center

Kalamazoo, MI


Editorial Work

In addition to my own writing, I also offer manuscript consultations. I’m happy to provide editorial feedback on book-length manuscripts or a series of poems, stories, or essays. I’ve worked in various editorial capacities at a number of magazines and presses, including Mississippi Review, Kenyon Review, Third Coast, New Issues Press, and elsewhere. I’ve screened manuscripts for a number of contests and open reading periods.

Each project is unique, and I’m happy to discuss your specific needs, whether you need line edits, help with manuscript ordering, or any other elements you might have in mind. I'm also available to offer recommendations on job application materials, grant applications, and other professional documents.


Please feel free to contact me here.



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