Tonight I'm Someone Else


Available for Pre-Order, on sale June 5, 2018


A highly-anticipated collection, from the writer Maggie Nelson has called, “bracingly good…refreshing and welcome,” that explores the myriad ways in which desire and commodification intersect.

From graffiti gangs and Grand Theft Auto to sugar daddies, Schopenhauer, and a deadly game of Russian roulette, Chelsea Hodson probes her own desires to examine where the physical and the proprietary collide. In these essays, she asks what our privacy, our intimacy, and our own bodies are worth in the increasingly digital world of liking, linking, and sharing.

Starting with Hodson’s own work experience, which ranges from the mundane to the bizarre—including modeling and working on a NASA Mars mission— Hodson expands outward, looking at the ways in which the human will submits, whether in the marketplace or in a relationship. Both tender and jarring, this collection is relevant to anyone who’s ever searched for what the self is worth.

Hodson’s accumulation within each piece is purposeful, and her prose vivid, clear, and sometimes even shocking, as she explores the wonderful and strange forms of desire. This is a fresh, poetic debut from an exciting emerging voice, in which Hodson asks “How much can a body endure?” And the resounding answer: "almost everything."

Pity the Animal

 Emily Books cover.

Emily Books cover.

 Original cover by Future Tense Books.

Original cover by Future Tense Books.

Originally published by Future Tense Books in May 2014, the print run has now sold out. Republished as an Amazon Kindle Single in July 2014 (no longer available), and republished as an Emily Books pick in December 2014.

Beach Camp

Published by Swill Children in July 2010. Sold out.



  • Night Redacted, an audio recording of 10 poems, Black Cake Records
  • "And Now, Armor," Vogue
  • "Lie for Good" & "Real Name," Hobart
  • "Every Year, At Least Once" printed as a broadside by Coconut Books
  • "Finding Out," foreword for 69 Nudes by Emma Kohlmann
  • "Hotel Congress" & "A Beautiful Test," Powder Keg Magazine
  • "Meanwhile Downstairs," Voicemail Poems
  • "Everything Goes Up," EOAGH: A Journal of the Arts


Inventory was a catalogue of everything I owned. Beginning on January 1, 2013 and spanning 657 days, I posted a photo of myself with each object, as well as prose related to the object. The entire project is still viewable on my Tumblr

Inventory: Under Objects Under Oath was a long durational performance in which I read Inventory in its entirety at the Imagine Science Film Festival without any objects present (on October 19, 2014, the day the project was completed). In total, the text was 40,071 words and it took over seven hours to perform. Marina Abramovic Institute filmed, livestreamed, photographed, and archived the performance.