Chelsea Rathburn was born in Jacksonville, Florida and raised in Miami. She received a BA from Florida State University and an MFA from the University of Arkansas before moving to Georgia in 2001. She is the author of Still Life with Mother and Knife (Louisiana State University Press, 2019), winner of the 2020 Eric Hoffer Award in Poetry, A Raft of Grief (Autumn House, 2013), and The Shifting Line (University of Evansville, 2005). In 2019, she was appointed the poet laureate of Georgia. In 2021, Rathburn received an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, she teaches at Mercer University and lives in Macon, Georgia.