We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite, my debut full length collection of poetry,

released May 2020 with Guernica Editions.


Available for purchase through Guernica Editions, IndigoBarnes and Noble, or your local bookseller!

Audiobook also available on Audible and Apple Books!

"We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite is an unpredictable and ethereal exploration of the ways we pacify our unhappiness, the masks we hide behind, and what waits to be confronted when we finally decide to give it all up.

Moving through addiction, relationships, the natural world, and our ultimate mortality, Clayton's words hang in the middle-space between overt meaning and open interpretation, allowing the reader to  not just see but feel every moment of delicate, raw vulnerability throughout her work."

-Open Book

"The poems in this stunning debut construct a world by colliding its sharpest angles. Instead of an orderly pastoral landscape, Clayton gives us “a pasture / with a rusted tractor.” Instead of happily-ever-after, we get “ruins of rock, the frantic mess / we made.” These poems manage to wrench beauty from loss, absence, departure—the various goodbyes that transition us along our individual paths. In this book, Clayton’s speaker emerges from the darkness of grief into “the space between / earth and sky,” a realm of generous possibility, where poetry begins."

-Kiki Petrosino, Author of Witch Wife and Hymn for the Black Terrific

"Conyer Clayton’s rich, unpredictable lines are imbued with the transformational traces and scars that humans, nature, and contraptions leave on one another. Vivid sounds and images stagger Plinko-like through these deeply personal poems that display both murmuration and volatility. This is a book that resonates."

-Stuart Ross, Author of Motel of the Opposable Thumbs and A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent

"Sprawl | the time it took us to forget"

"Sprawl | the time it took us to forget" is a collaborative chapbook written by myself and Manahil Bandukwala in March 2020, published by Collusion Books in December 2020. Copies can be purchased on the Collusion books website. Check out this review by The Pamphleteer!

in January 2021, we released a visual/sonic version of the chapbook, made in collaboration with Nathanael Larochette, Liam Burke, Andy Verboom, and Ruqaiya Quettawala. The audio and music can be found on my bandcamp, and the video can be seen on youtube.

Other News:


"Towers," the debut chapbook by the creative collective VII, is now available for preorder through Collusion Books

Watch a live conversation and reading between myself and  Jenna Lyn Albert on youtube


I released a musical single called "Small Ships" on the last day of 2020

My poem, "Those who need to hear this won't listen," was read by Fredericton poet laureate at Fredericton's city council meeting in October 2020, bringing national attention to the issue of abortion access in New Brunswick, and was covered by CBC and Global News

I recently interviewed Bahar Orang for Canthius, reviewed Nicole Haldoupis "Tiny Ruins" for Carousel, and Kate Sutherland's "The Bones are There" for ARC Poetry Magazine

My poem, "What's so blank about it," from long con issue 3 was nominated for a 2020 Pushcart Prize, and "I cannot write this softly" from filling station was nominated for an Alberta Magazine Publishers Award for essay writing.

New publications: The Minola Review, Room Magazine, CAROUSEL, deathcap issue 1 and 5, Non Plus Lit, THIS Magazine, and The Decameron Series, and forthcoming with CV 2, The Quarantine Review, and Savant-Garde Magazine

You can watch my recent performances at Versefest, and my 1 minute Poet's Corner Reading

Photo by Hasi Eldib
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