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). A fifth book of poems, Circle Back, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Denver Quarterly, Tin House, Bennington Review, Georgia Review, Boston Review, jubilat, Iowa Review, and elsewhere. Recently he received a Literary Arts Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission.


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





Mississippi Book Festival
Poetry Panel: 12pm - 1pm

Book Signing: 1:45pm

August 20, 2022

Jackson, MS

Visiting Writers Series

SUNY - Fredonia
November 2-4, 2022
Fredonia, NY

The Splice Poetry Series

December 10, 2022

New Orleans, LA


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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