Donika Kelly and Melissa Febos

Donika Kelly is the author of the chapbook Aviarium (500 Places 2017) and the full-length collection Bestiary (Graywolf 2016), which won the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and was long listed for the National Book Award. Her second book, The Renunciations is forthcoming from Graywolf in 2021. A Cave Canem graduate fellow, she received her MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. Donika is a founding member of Poets at the End of the World, a poetry collective dedicated to service and social justice and works as an Assistant Professor at Baruch College. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry,The New Yorker, and The Paris Review.

Melissa Febos is the author of the acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010), and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017), which was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist, a Publishing Triangle Award finalist, an Indie Next Pick, and was widely named a best book of 2017. Her third book, Girlhood, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2021. Febos is the inaugural winner of the Jeanne Córdova Nonfiction Award from LAMBDA Literary and the recipient of the 2018 Sarah Verdone Writing Award from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Foundation, The BAU Institute, Ucross Foundation, and Ragdale. The recipient of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and an associate professor and graduate director at Monmouth University, her work has recently appeared in Tin House, Granta, The Believer, The Sewanee Review, and The New York Times. 

Saturday, October 5, 2:30 p.m. Prairie Lights Books & Cafe, 15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240