Donika Kelly


Location: VC 7-299
Phone: (646) 312-3979


Donika Kelly is an Assistant Professor of English specializing in poetry writing and gender studies in contemporary American literature. She is the author of the chapbook Aviarium, ?published with fivehundred places in 2017, and the full-length collection Bestiary published with Graywolf Press in 2016. 

Bestiary is the winner of the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the 2017 Hurston/Wright Award for poetry, and the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and was long listed for the National Book Award in 2016 and a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and a Publishing Triangle Award in 2017. 

Donika earned her MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. She is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow, the recipient of a Lannan Residency fellowship, and a fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.  Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, The Paris Review, Crazyhorse, Tin House, among other journals. 

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