We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite (Guernica Editions, 2020) is a finalist for the the 2021 Ottawa Book Awards and the 2021 ReLit Award of Poetry.
Available for purchase through Guernica Editions, Indigo, Barnes 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."
"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 these reviews by The Pamphleteer and Rungh Culture
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.
We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite (Guernica Editions, 2020) is a finalist for the 2021 Ottawa Book Awards
"Towers," the debut chapbook by the creative collective VII, is now available for preorder through Collusion Books
Recent publications: Savant-Garde Magazine, The Minola Review, Room Magazine, CAROUSEL, deathcap issue 1 and 5, Non Plus Lit, THIS Magazine, and The Decameron Series, The Quarantine Review, Release Any Words Stuck Inside You III, and forthcoming with CV 2, untethered magazine, and Augur Magazine.
-October 23rd, 2021: Booknanza! Part Two: Schneider, Heslop & Englert with Clayton and Wint, 6 pm EDT on Zoom
- January 2022: By the River Reading Series, with Pheobe Wang, details TBA
"I cannot write this softly" published in filling station 73, is a finalist for a 2021 Alberta Magazine Award for Best Essay