Visiting Writers Series: Donika Kelly
This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
Donika Kelly is the author of the chapbook AVIARIUM, and the full-length collection Bestiary, which won the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the 2017 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry, was long listed for the National Book Award (2016), and was named a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award (2017).
Bestiary received an extraordinary amount of critical attention for a first book. The New York Times praised its “peculiar magnetism” and ability “to capture and refine emotion”; Publishers Weekly called it “an astounding debut”; and Booklist described it as “unflinching, fierce, and true.”
Kelly is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow, a finalist for the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Prize, and the recipient of a fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center. She received her MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. She is an Assistant Professor at St. Bonaventure University, where she teaches creative writing.
The Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series regularly hosts public readings and Q & A sessions with some of the most influential people in contemporary literature. During their time at Butler University, visiting authors such as Toni Morrison, Billy Collins, Kurt Vonnegut, Gwendolyn Brooks, Margaret Atwood, Allen Ginsberg, Amy Tan, and Colson Whitehead not only share their work with the Indianapolis community, but also interact directly with undergraduate and graduate students in Butler's English classes and MFA program. Towards this end, Butler offers a 300-level English course which features the work of authors in the Visiting Writers Series. Students taking this class are invited to join English faculty in a private dinner given for each writer when they visit the campus, and have the opportunity to formally introduce the writers at their public readings.
The Visiting Writers Program is coordinated by the Department of English and offers 10-12 events each year, all of which are free and open to Butler students, faculty, and staff as well as the Indianapolis community, making the Butler University Visiting Writers Series one of the largest and most comprehensive in the country.
For more information, please visit https://www.butler.edu/vws