DONIKA KELLY & MELISSA FEBOS
The Iowa City Book Festival presents Donika Kelly and Melissa Febos, who will read from their work. 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize-winner and 2016 National Book Award long-listed poet Donika Kelly will read from Bestiary: Poems. “What a gorgeous book of poems. The love poems, in particular, are striking with unexpected ideas and imagery coalescing into poetry about this thing called love. . . . This one, I savored.”―Roxane Gay
Donika Kelly’s poems have appeared in Hayden's Ferry Review, Indiana Review, and West Branch. She is currently a lecturer in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program at the University of California, Davis.
Melissa Febos will read from her work. “Febos brings a relentless curiosity and startling intimacy to the page . . . With her careful observations and introspection, she transcends isolation and captures the boundless nature of human emotion.” - LAMBDA Literary
Febos is the author of the acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart, and the essay collection, Abandon Me, 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. She is an associate professor and graduate director at Monmouth University