Award-winning Author and Poet Donika Kelly to Read from Her Work Sept. 20-21

September 5, 2018
Her latest work, “BESTIARY,” was the winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry.

The Wells College Visiting Writers Series will welcome Donika Kelly for a reading of her work at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20. The reading will take place in the Art Exhibit Room on the third floor of Macmillan Hall. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Kelly will also hold a master class, “On Love and Lack: Generating Tension in Love Poems,” on Friday, Sept. 21 at 12:30 p.m. in Main Building’s Faculty Parlors.

Donika Kelly is the author of “BESTIARY” (Graywolf, 2016), winner of the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the 2017 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry; it was also listed for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Of her work, the New York Times Book Review wrote: “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.”

A Cave Canem graduate fellow and recipient of a fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., Donika received her MFA in writing from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. She is an assistant professor at Baruch College, where she teaches creative writing.

About the Visiting Writers Series

The Visiting Writers Series at Wells College presents several events each semester featuring authors who have distinguished themselves in poetry, fiction, nonfiction or drama. These writers not only give public readings of their work — they also conduct writing workshops, participate in classes and discussions, and often hold individual conferences with interested student writers. The Visiting Writers Series is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. See more at


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