Chelsea Bunn is a poet and educator living in New Mexico. She is the author of Forgiveness (forthcoming, Finishing Line Press), and her work appears in publications in print and online, including Sky Island Journal, Maudlin House, Apathy Magazine, The Ellis Review, Cover, The Big Windows Review, Sooth Swarm Journal, Dogwood, and other journals and anthologies. She earned her MFA in Poetry and her BA in English at Hunter College in New York, where she received a teaching fellowship, a Norma Lubetsky Friedman Scholarship, and taught creative writing for eleven years. She was selected as Thinker in Residence by Art in Odd Places in 2016, was a finalist for the Lit Fest Fellowship for Emerging Writers and a semi-finalist for the New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition in 2018, was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize twice, and was named a Best New Poet of 2018. Her poems have received recognition from The National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Poetry Society of America, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Georgetown Review, and elsewhere. Born and raised in NYC, she currently serves as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing for the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Navajo Technical University.
"The poems in Chelsea Bunn's Forgiveness reckon with how the spirit of a woman survives and thrives in the midst of and in spite of love and loss. In one poem, for instance, the speaker says, “My body knows / what to do to stay alive,” and each of these poems seem to go about the business of proving as much."—Jericho Brown, The Tradition
"Forgiveness is not a book about forgiveness, but is instead a book about the desire for forgiveness, which can be the most overpowering of all desires, particularly when it cannot be satisfied. The most accomplished of these poems—in particular, “Inheritance”—become traps in the moment that unsatisfiable desire breaks from the poem to overwhelm the reader, and it is in those moments that Chelsea Bunn’s inescapable art is perfected."— Shane McCrae, In the Language of My Captor