Donika KellyDonika Kelly (born early 1980s) is an American poet and academic, who is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Iowa, 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'' (Graywolf Press, May 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 longlisted for the National Book Award in 2016 and a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and a Publishing Triangle Award in 2017.
Kelly 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, Massachusetts. Her poems have appeared in ''The Paris Review'', ''Foglifter'', and ''The New Yorker'', among other journals and magazines, and she is a contributor to the 2019 anthology ''New Daughters of Africa'', edited by Margaret Busby. Kelly lives in Iowa with her wife Melissa Febos. Provided by Wikipedia