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 collections Bestiary (Graywolf Press 2016) and The Renunciations forthcoming from Graywolf Press in May of 2021.
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 The Paris Review, Foglifter, and The New Yorker among other journals and magazines.