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Donika Kelly

Assistant Professor, English, Baruch College, 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, Baruch College 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 is the author of the chapbook AVIARIUM (fivehundred places 2017), and the full-length collection BESTIARY (Graywolf 2016), winner of the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the 2017 Hurston/Wright Award for poetry, and the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. BESTIARY was long listed for the National Book Award (2016) and a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and a Publishing Triangle Award (2017). A Cave Canem Graduate Fellow and recipient of a fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center, Donika received her MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. She is an Assistant Professor at Baruch College, where she teaches creative writing.

BIO

Donika Kelly is the author of the chapbook AVIARIUM (fivehundred places 2017), and the full-length collection BESTIARY (Graywolf 2016), winner of the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the 2017 Hurston/Wright Award for poetry, and the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. BESTIARY was long listed for the National Book Award (2016) and a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and a Publishing Triangle Award (2017). A Cave Canem Graduate Fellow and recipient of a fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center, Donika received her MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. She is an Assistant Professor at Baruch College, where she teaches creative writing.

POEMS

READINGS

04/18/18 University of Missouri at St. Louis 02/22/18 4:30pm University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana 02/15/18 12:30pm Northwestern University 02/01/18 @ 7:00 PM Olean Public Library 11/16/2017 @ 12:00 PM Drew Darrow Memorial Poetry Reading Bucknell University Walls Lounge (ELC 213) 11/09/2017 College of Charleston 10/19/2017 @ 7:00 PM Hurston/Wright Foundation Public Reading Politics and Prose Bookstore at the Wharf 70 District Square SW, Washington DC 20024 10/13/2017 @ 6:30 PM Utica College Barnes and Noble, New Hartford, NY 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 Signup for Invites 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

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