Book Giveaway: Human Heartbeat Detected by Chelsey Clammer

Thursday, August 25, 2022
You're in for a treat! We're giving away a signed copy of Chelsey Clammer's newest essay collection, Human Heartbeat Detected (Red Hen Press, August 30, 2022), and a bookmark, knitted by Chelsey! To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of this post.

Human Heartbeat Detected is a collection of essays that explores how we are wonderfully and terrifyingly human. Hitting on themes such as trauma, emotional abuse, marriage, mental illness, and grief, these essays delve into how humans are simultaneously beautiful and terrible to one another. Though regardless of how we might make each other shatter, our hearts continue beating—even when we might not want them to—and we wade through the wreckage of our lives to find ways to survive. With exquisite language and captivating storytelling, the essays in Human Heartbeat Detected face what it means to be human. 

Publisher: Red Hen Press (August 30, 2022)
Paperback: 248 pages
ISBN-10: 1636280552
ISBN-13: 978-1636280554

Human Heartbeat Detected is available for purchase at Red Hen Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and

About the Author:

Chelsey Clammer is the author of BodyHome (Hopewell Publications, 2015) and Circadian (Red Hen Press, 2017), which was the winner of the Red Hen Press Nonfiction Manuscript Award. Her work has appeared in The Normal School, Black Warrior Review, The Rumpus, McSweeney’s, Hobart, Essay Daily, and The Water~Stone Review, among more than one hundred other publications. She is an online creative writing instructor for WOW! Women On Writing. Chelsey received her MFA in Creative Writing from Rainier Writing Workshop. Her third essay collection, Human Heartbeat Detected, looks at the ways in which we are "human" to one another. Chelsey is currently working on a new collection about the empowering women in her life. Visit her website at

What Readers are Saying:

“Chelsey Clammer’s Human Heartbeat Detected pulses with energy, peril, sexuality, and fearless compassion. These innovative essays, many of them in flash form, push at the boundaries of conventional prose, while at the same time pushing toward revelation and understanding.” 
—Dinty W. Moore, author of To Hell With It 

“The women in these essays, including Clammer herself, are 'just taking it blow-by-blow, bracing . . . for the impact,' struggling against assault or abuse or mental illness or a court system that doesn’t believe them, a healthcare system they can’t afford, or silences they don’t understand. Human Heartbeat Detected introduces us to women on l(edges) who scramble back, or don’t. Clammer, who describes herself as a 'terribly impulsive woman,' once again showcases how the essay, as a genre, follows its own impulses. 'We’re all full of surprises,' Clammer writes. So is this bold collection.” 
—Jill Talbot, author of The Way We Weren’t: A Memoir

“In her third collection, Clammer’s command of—and true delight in—the lyric essay is on full and marvelous display. Human Heartbeat Detected is an exquisite and almost improbable marriage of opposites, in both content and form. Brash, bawdy, and tender by turns, these essays linger in the shadow where love and hatred overlap, pinpoint the instant when the past bleeds into present tense, articulate with awful beauty how the body chafes against the mind. Shelve this somewhere between Purpura and Baudelaire; these essays exist at the precise juncture of the sublime and the profane.”
—Marya Hornbacher, author of Madness

“It’s rare to read a book as daring and alive as Human Heartbeat Detected. Chelsey Clammer isn’t afraid to take us to the darkest places, but it’s always in service of ongoingness, a deep belief in love and what it exacts of us. How do we live in the wake of catastrophe? Every sentence here strobes with the light of that question.”
—Paul Lisicky, author of The Narrow Door

“In Human Heartbeat Detected, Chelsey Clammer’s innovative and gripping essay collection, trauma lives side by side with possibility. Lives are fractured, yes—by assault, abuse, self-harm, mental illness, suicidal acts—but, as the narrator reminds us, ‘fractured is better than shattered.’ Like trauma, which ‘isn’t a linear experience’ but rather ‘loops,’ Clammer’s essays bend and twirl and spiral and twist, transforming pain into art.”
—Rebecca McClanahan, author of In the Key of New York City: A Memoir in Essays

***** BOOK GIVEAWAY *****

Enter to win a signed copy of Human Heartbeat Detected by Chelsey Clammer and a knitted bookmark! Fill out the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway ends September 7th at 11:59 CT. We will announce the winner the next day in the widget and follow up by email. Good luck!

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Unknown said...

Congratulations, Chelsey! Can't wait to read this. Love how the bookmarks match your dress.

Unknown said...

This sounds like a very interesting collection. Wishing you all the best with it!

pippirose said...

The book sounds fascinating. I have it now on my reading list. Love the knit bookmarks, too. Beautiful.

Sioux Roslawski said...

Chelsey--I bought a copy for myself, but I'd love to win a copy to give to a dear friend.

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to reading your book. I plan on buying a copy but a signed copy plus a hand-knitted bookmark would be awesome.

Heather Swanson said...

I would love to read this delightful book.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Chelsey! Would love to read your book.


TRIPPER2365 said...

This sound like an interesting read .

kywave said...

I enjoy reading books of essays

Renee Roberson said...

Looking forward to checking this out, Chelsey! I'm off to read your interview in this month's WOW! Markets newsletter.

luminous said...

Love the book, bookmark & your dress!

Theresa C. said...

Love the book, bookmark & your dress!

mnleona said...

I would love to add your book to my bookshelf.

Andrea H said...

I'd like to read these essays. So important to share.

Patsy said...

Sounds like my kind of book!Thanks:)

Buddy Garrett said...

It sounds very interesting.

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