Join us in celebrating the recent release of new titles from poets Miriam Bird Greenberg and Donika Kelly. Miriam will be reading from In the Volcano’s Mouth, which won the 2015 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize; Donika will read from her debut collection, Bestiary, which was selected by Nikky Finney for the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and longlisted for the National Book Award.
Miriam Bird Greenberg‘s In the Volcano’s Mouth (University of Pittsburgh 2016) won the 2015 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and was written with the support of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and the Poetry Foundation. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, she teaches creative writing and ESL in the San Francisco Bay Area, though she has also crossed the continent aboard freight trains, as a hitchhiker, and by bicycle. She is currently at work on an expansive/unwieldy ethnographic poetry project documenting asylum seekers and economic migrants living in Hong Kong’s Chungking Mansions.
Donika Kelly’s debut collection, Bestiary (Graywolf Press 2016), was selected by Nikky Finney for the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and longlisted for the National Book Award. She holds an MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, and in 2013, she received a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University, where she specialized in American literature and film studies. Donika is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and a 2004 June Fellow of the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets. Her poems have appeared in various journals including West Branch, Indiana Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and others. Donika is an Assistant Professor at St. Bonaventure University, where she teaches creative writing.