My debut full-length collection of poetry, We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite, is forthcoming with Guernica Editions, May 2020.

Pre-orders available from the publisher, GuernicaIndigo, Barnes and Noble, or your local bookseller!

In her debut collection of poetry, Conyer Clayton hovers in the ether, grasping wildly for a fleeting sense of certitude. Through experiences with addiction and co-dependence, sex and art, nature and death, she grapples for transcendence while exploring what it means to disengage. What is revealed when you allow yourself to truly feel? What do you ask for to carry you into life, and where do you land when this fails? And when you are finally, beautifully, emptied out, who are you? The poems in We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite wonder aloud amidst tangled revelations, and yearn to be lifted away.


Trust Only the Beasts in the Water was released in June 2019 by above/ground press. Cover art by Kelsea Shore.

This a chapbook of surrealist prose poems inspired by my dreams. About the thinness of the lines we draw between our waking reality and our unconscious. This collection uses the power of the seemingly random symbols generated in our sleep to highlight what lurks in the edges of our awareness. What dangers won't we allow ourselves to fully look at when our eyes our open? This collection stares the beasts down. It comes to love them.

Available for order here, and reviewed by The Maynard!

/ is a micro-chapbook released by post ghost press in June 2019.

From the publisher: "This dream of a poem helplessly interrogates the insolvency of dreams and the violence of gaslighting. How does memory fade or cajole the viewer? How do we remake our pasts, our histories, our dreams?

This microchap measures approximately 2.5" across and 4" high. It is folded in two layers: the base text, and a concealing layer of translucent vellum paper, which resists the gaze of the viewer and must be pressed in order for the poem to be read."

Available for order here via post ghost

Mitosis was released by In/Words Magazine and Press in August 2018.

Edited, designed, illustrated and produced by Manahil Bandukwala

This is one long poem in 5 sections. It is about a sense of severed self. Themes of family trauma, domestic violence, mental illness, and healing weave into the murky waters of death and grieving. This collection sits stagnant in the pond, is tossed about in waves, and eventually, evaporates, becomes cloud. It was released alongside its sister project, the collaborative album, If the river stood still,  with Nathanael Larochette.

Contact me directly to purchase a copy


Undergrowth was released by bird, buried press in June 2018.

This collection is a series of 16 prose poems, each with an accompanying illustration by Kelsea Shore. These poems are rooted in the garden I had in summer of 2016 in Halifax, and ostensibly take on the form of seed packets. These poems allow each plant to tell me what I needed to hear at the time but couldn't. What I needed to tell myself. An exploration of death, relationships, abortion, and disintegration in the guise of gardening instructions.

Undergrowth was printed in a limited edition run of 50 copies, and is now sold out.

For the Birds. For the Humanswas released February 2018 by battleaxe press. 

Cover art by Komi Olaf

This is a collection about wilderness and control, in the world, in ourselves, in our relationships, and through history and species. These 13 poems are a very loose crown of sonnets, deconstructed to follow an organic, rather than rational, logic.

To purchase, contact me, or battleaxe press

Reviewed by Today's Book of Poetry (link here)

The Marshes was published by & Co Collective in November 2017.

Cover art by Cori Hills

This is a collection of 30 surrealist micro-poems. A study of the magical minutae of every day life. The glittering moments that are important for reasons that cannot be explained. The hyper-real.

Contact me directly to purchase a copy. 




If the river stood still was released August 20, 2018.


This collaborative album fuses the poetry of Conyer Clayton and the musical compositions of Nathanael Larochette. It was released alongside it's sister project, the chapbook, Mitosis.

It follows my ongoing process of grief, closure, and healing following the death of my mother in 2010.

For more information, to listen, and to purchase the album, please visit my bandcamp page:

Photo taken by Nathanael Larochette at Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky, summer 2018.

Sound Carries is a performance poem using breath, voice and a loop pedal. This version was recorded live during my performance at Resonance Cafe in Montreal, on September 8, 2019.

Released November 23, 2019

Written and performed by Conyer Clayton

Check it out on my bandcamp here:

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Forthcoming: 4 poems in Spring 2020 Capilano Review, Co-Winner of 2019 Robin Blaser Poetry Prize

Forthcoming: 2 Poems in Cypress

Forthcoming: 3 poems in perdiodicities: a journal of poetry and poetics

Forthcoming: 1 poem in above/ground's Versefest edition of the peter f. yacht club


The Anti-Langourous Project, No.6, Feb. 2020: "Wilt" and "Footprints" (link here)

Parentheses Journal, Issue 8, Winter 2020: "Only for so long" (link here)

filling Station Issue 73, Creative non-fiction piece: "I cannot write this softly" (available for purchase here)

AppleBeard Editions Release Any Words Stuck Inside of You II anthology, December 2019: "Old Bird Feeder Jane," and "Memories of Waxen Men," available for purchase here

Black Bough Poetry, Winter Holiday Issue, December 2019: "Holidays are just small wakes that" (link here)

BAD DOG MAG, Issue 3, December 2019: "Excavation" (link here)

Glass Poetry Press's Poets Resist Series, December 2019: "Those who need to here this won't listen" (link here)

League of Canadian Poets, Poetry Pause Program: "What You Actually Lost" (link here)

Issue 12 of Experiment-O, November 2019: 8 Poems (link here)

A live recording of a performance of my breath and vocal loop poem, "Sound Carries," available now (link here)

The Temz Review, Issue 9, Fall 2019: "Spider Veins" and "Admitted" (link to poems here)

G U E S T, Summer 2019: "The Missing Parts of Me"

Touch the Donkey, 4 poems, July 2019


Talking about Strawberries, 2 poems, Spring 2019 (link to poems here)

Spotlight Series #37 on Medium, May 2019: "Caricature" (link to poem here)

The Harbor Review, Special Abortion Issue, May 2019: "Seeds" (link to issue here)

The Cafe Review, 5 poems, Spring 2019 (link to poems here)

Dusie Tuesday poem blog by rob mclennan, March 2019: "Irrigation Techniques" (link to poem here)


TRAIN blog, March 2019: "Queue" (link to poem here)


Anti-Heroin Chic, February 2019 Featured Poet: "Early to Bed" and "Replacement Therapy" (link to poems here)

TRAIN prose poem print issue, January 2019: "Transmission" and "Intruder"

Big Smoke Poetry: "One year into dating you" (link to poem here)

Coven Editions, Broadside, Fall 2018: "the sky has to cool at some point"

Arc Issue 85, Summer 2018: "Seeds" - Winner of 2017 Diana Brebner Prize

Prairie Fire Summer 2018: "What you actually lost" - 3rd place in 2018 Carmen Bliss Poetry Contest

Illiterature. Issue 8. Puddles of Sky Press, Summer 2018: "from Mitosis"


The Fiddlehead Spring 2018: "Recurrent" - Honourable mention in 2018 Ralph Gustafson Poetry Contest 

The Week Shall Inherit the Verse, February blog post: "Paying for Storage" (link to poem here)

Coven Editions, February 2018, Broadside: "Wooden Jackets"

Coven Editions, February 2018, as part of the Magical Micro-Poems Collection: "Winter Bath"

Puddles of Sky Press, Postcard Series #1, February 2018: "Cloud Cover"

In/Words Winter 2018: "all the times I ate flesh"

NIVLX: A Book of Magic, Winter 2018:  “Satellite”


Coven Editions, November 2017:  Broadside of "The light in her bedroom is different because it exists at all"


In/Words Fall 2017: “Tropical Storm” and “Foreclosure”


The Maynard Fall 2017: “The malice in my footsteps” (link to poem here)


Prairie Fire Fall 2017: “Home”

Sawdust Reading Series Broadside, August 2017: "Compassion, Gratitude, Awe"


Bywords August 2017: “Family History”


Bywords May 2017: “how we burn”


Mini chapbook released through phafours press, spring 2017, “Spider in a White Suit”


FLUX, 2017 - “vacation,” “fold,” and “something in your backpack” (link to poems here)


Transom, Issue #11, 2017: “Shellac” (link to poem here)

Causeway Lit, Spring 2017 Contest, 5th place prize: “September” (link to poem here)


Fishfood Magazine, 2017: “Portrait of my ex-husband”


PACE, Winter 2016: “Tending towards the fall”


Mochila Review, May 2013: “Full Sunlight” and “a recoil of springs”


China Grove, Spring 2013: “Vegetables”


The Snail Mail Review, Issue 4, 2012: “Bone-Bed”


The Tau Creative Journal, 2012: “Trap”


Goodwill Zine, #7, January 2011: “Is this too much?”


U of L White Squirrel, volume one, fall 2009: “Broken Leaf”

Musical Collaborations:

“Satellite” used in a score entitled “Satellite Lunation” by Rachel Short, 2019


“Contents” and “Full Sunlight” used in scores by Chris Kincaid, 2013


Co-Winner, along with Bardia Sinaee, of The Capilano Review's 2019 Robin Blaser Poetry Prize

2 poems, "Bumpers" and "Perrenial", long-listed for The New Quarterly's 2019 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest

"Southern Belle" long-listed for Vallum's 2018 Poem of the Year

Honourable mention in The Fiddlehead's 27th Annual Literary Contest - Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem - "Recurrent"


3rd place in 2017 Prairie Fire Poetry Contest for "What you actually lost"


ARC Magazine's 2017 Diana Brebner Winner for “Seeds”

Winner of Sawdust Reading Series April 2017 Poem-off; chosen by Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke


5th place award in Spring 2017 Causeway Lit contest for “September”


1st place in graduate poetry for the poem “Vegetables” in the 2013 Metroversity Creative Writing Competition


2nd place in graduate poetry for the poem, “Bone-Bed” in the 2012 Metroversity Creative Writing Competition


"I've Been Dying to Rest in this Body." A review of Mallory Tater's "This Will Be Good," for Canthius (link here)

"Can you imagine? Mythos and Reclamation in Angela Caravan and Amy LeBlanc:" A review for Canthius  (link here)

my (small press) writing day blog:  March 2018

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