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Donika Kelly releases second poetry collection

May 11, 2021
Donika Kelly

In the words of author Donika Kelly, the publication of her second poetry collection, The Renunciations, has been “a long time coming.”

The University of Iowa assistant professor of English released her collection this past Tuesday, May 4. Published through Graywolf Press, the poetry book covers heavy topics including childhood abuse and adult divorce.

“Between 2015 and 2018 I was writing newer poems that ended up in the new book, but there are poems in the book from 2013. I was writing and eventually I realized I had a book which I had the time, space, and opportunity to put together,” Kelly said. “I kept a draft of the manuscript for about 4 months, and in January 2019 I sent it to my editor, Jeff Shotts, and asked if they would be interested in it, and they were.”