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Collin Kelley papers

Identifier: Q206

Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Collin Kelley papers, 1936, 1977-2020, undated, comprise journalism publications, plays, poetry collections, and novels spanning from 1984 to 2020. There are newspaper and magazine articles, promotional materials for his works, manuscripts, screenplays, letters of correspondence with editors, photographs, awards, recordings of poetry readings, and flyers and programs for the numerous events he spoke or read at over the years. The collection also contains Kelley’s personal LGBT collection that includes historic LGBT newspapers and newspaper articles, photographs, playbills, magazines, as well as books and poetry anthologies, 1936, 1977-2019, undated.


  • Creation: 1936, 1977-2020, undated


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Biography of Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley’s writing career began in 1986 as a reporter for Fayette County newspaper The Sun. He then spent more than thirteen years working as a staff writer for the Marietta Daily Journal and as the executive director of Neighbor Newspapers until 2002, when he became editor of Atlanta INtown. His freelance work spans over thirty years and can be found in publications such as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia Magazine, Huffington Post, Moviemaker, and the Guardian. Kelley also wrote several plays throughout the 1990s, including The Dark Horse, which won the 1994 Writer's Award at the Deep South Festival and the Georgia Theater Award in 1997. His first book of poetry, Better to Travel, was published in 2003, and was followed by his poetry collections Slow to Burn in 2006 and After the Poison in 2008. He was named Georgia Author of the Year in 2007 for co-editing Java Monkey Speaks, Volume 2, and his 2013 book Render was honored by the American Library Association and named one of the best books of 2013 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His first novel, Conquering Venus was published in 2010, and its sequel Remain in Light was a finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction in 2012.

Other works include Midnight in a Perfect World, Leaving Paris, and Kiss Shot: Short Stories, and additional poems, essays, and interviews by Kelley can be found in numerous anthologies, journals, and magazines around the world. He has also served as the director of the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, a board member of Poetry Atlanta, and as the vice president of the Georgia Writers Association


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Collin Kelley began a journalism career in 1986 and has become an award winning playwright, author, poet, and editor. He has served as the director of the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, a board member of Poetry Atlanta, and as the vice president of the Georgia Writers Association. Kelley's papers, 1936, 1977-2020, undated, comprise his journalism publications, plays, poetry collections, and novels, 1984-2020, and his personal LGBT collection of printed material and photographs, 1936, 1977-2019, undated.

Arrangement Note

Papers contain a set of manuscripts and professional writing files and a set of LGBT history files.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Collin Kelley, 2018-21.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathleen Campbell, Winter 2022-23.

Collin Kelley
A Guide to the Papers at Georgia State University Library
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Kathleen Campbell
March 2023
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