Visiting Writers Series: Donika Kelly
October 4, 2018
Visiting Writers Series: Donika Kelly

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. 

Donika Kelly is the author of the chapbook AVIARIUM, and the full-length collection Bestiary, which won the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the 2017 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry, was long listed for the National Book Award (2016), and was named a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award (2017).

Bestiary received an extraordinary amount of critical attention for a first book. The New York Times praised its “peculiar magnetism” and ability “to capture and refine emotion”; Publishers Weekly called it “an astounding debut”; and Booklist described it as “unflinching, fierce, and true.”

Kelly is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow, a finalist for the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Prize, and the recipient of a fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center. She 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 St. Bonaventure University, where she teaches creative writing.