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Donika Kelly

Assistant Professor, English, St. Bonaventure University
Author of Bestiary (Graywolf Press, 2016)

Bestiary:
Longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry; One of The New York Times Book Review‘s Best Poetry Collections of 2016; A BuzzFeed Best Poetry Book of 2016; One of The Root‘s Best Books of 2016 by Black Authors; One of The Undefeated‘s Freshest Books of 2016; A Quivering Pen Best Poetry Collection of 2016; A Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe Best Book of 2016

“Kelly’s first book offers glassy, sculpted surfaces beneath which thoroughly black water churns. . . . A testament to poetry’s ability to capture and refine emotion.”The New York Times Book Review

“These poems are artful and joyous and tragic, interested in the importance of seeing and naming the effects of how hard lives can be, and the beauty they can create with their existence. . . . Kelly’s humor and language are the collection’s argument and song.”Orion Magazine

“This Bestiary swelling with swallows, centaurs, and satyrs proffers only truth. . . . Unflinching, fierce, and true.”Booklist

Donika Kelly

Assistant Professor, English, St. Bonaventure University
Author of Bestiary (Graywolf Press, 2016)

Bestiary:
Longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry; One of The New York Times Book Review‘s Best Poetry Collections of 2016; A BuzzFeed Best Poetry Book of 2016; One of The Root‘s Best Books of 2016 by Black Authors; One of The Undefeated‘s Freshest Books of 2016; A Quivering Pen Best Poetry Collection of 2016; A Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe Best Book of 2016

“Kelly’s first book offers glassy, sculpted surfaces beneath which thoroughly black water churns. . . . A testament to poetry’s ability to capture and refine emotion.”The New York Times Book Review

“These poems are artful and joyous and tragic, interested in the importance of seeing and naming the effects of how hard lives can be, and the beauty they can create with their existence. . . . Kelly’s humor and language are the collection’s argument and song.”Orion Magazine

“This Bestiary swelling with swallows, centaurs, and satyrs proffers only truth. . . . Unflinching, fierce, and true.”Booklist

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BIO

Donika Kelly’s debut collection, Bestiary (Graywolf Press 2016), was selected by Nikky Finney for the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and long listed for the National Book Award. She holds an MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, and in 2013, she received a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University, where she specialized in American literature and film studies. Donika is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and a June Fellow of the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals including Tin House, Indiana Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review. Donika is an Assistant Professor at St. Bonaventure University, where she teaches creative writing.

BIO

Donika Kelly’s debut collection, Bestiary (Graywolf Press 2016), was selected by Nikky Finney for the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and long listed for the National Book Award. She holds an MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, and in 2013, she received a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University, where she specialized in American literature and film studies. Donika is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and a June Fellow of the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals including Tin House, Indiana Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review. Donika is an Assistant Professor at St. Bonaventure University, where she teaches creative writing.

POEMS

READINGS

06/18/2017 @ 3:00 PM
Joaquin Miller Poetry Series
Rock Creek National Park Nature Center

06/11/2017 @ 12:30 PM
Women Writers In Bloom Poetry Salon
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06/07/2017 @ 6:30 PM
Mixer Turns 10! A Benefit for Planned Parenthood
Our Wicked Lady, Brooklyn, New York

05/27/2017 @ 4:00 PM
Cave Canem 20/20: A Panoramic View of Black Poetry
Cave Canem Poetry Prize Winners Reading
Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn, New York

04/29/2017 @ 3:00 PM
Reader Riot Book Festival
Reading and Book Signing
116 E Mobile, Florence, Alabama

04/27/2017 @ 7:30 PM
The University of Alabama Distinguished Visiting Writers Series
Reading and Book Signing
Morgan Hall 301

04/11/2017 @ 7:00 PM
Vanderbilt University
Gertrude and Harold S. Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Series

03/06/2017 @ 7:00 PM
UC Davis

12/01/2016 @ 7:00 PM
Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading
Lilian Vernon Creative Writers House
NYU

11/19/2016 @ 2:30 PM
Miami Book Fair
Miami Dade College

CONTACT

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