Donika Kelly and Hai-Dang Phan Reading

Donika Kelly and Hai-Dang Phan
February 24, 2022 - 7:30pm
Dey House
Frank Conroy Reading Room

The Writers' Workshop presents a reading with Donika Kelly and Hai-Dang Phan.

Donika Kelly is the author of THE RENUNCIATIONS (Graywolf 2021) and BESTIARY (Graywolf). BESTIARY is the winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry, and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. The collection was also long listed for the National Book Award, and was a finalist for a Publishing Triangle Award and a Lambda Literary Award. A Cave Canem graduate fellow and member of the collective Poets at the End of the World, Donika has also received a Lannan Residency Fellowship, and a summer workshop fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center. Her poems have been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic online, The Paris Review, and Foglifter. She currently lives in Iowa City and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa, where she teaches creative writing.

Hai-Dang Phan is poet, translator, and essayist. He is the author of the poetry collection Reenactments (Sarabande, 2019) and the translator of Phan Nhiên Hạo’s selected volume of poems, Paper Bells (The Song Cave, 2020). His poems and translations have appeared in Best American Poetry 2016, New England Review, The New Yorker, Poetry, Asymptote, Mekong Review, and his essays have been featured in The Baffler, Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Blog, and The Fabulist.

Phan is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf, and the American Literary Translators Association. His work has been honored with the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry and the Emerging Writer Award from New England Review. He holds a Ph.D. in literary studies from the University of Wisconsin and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Florida. He currently teaches at Grinnell College and lives in Iowa City.

Virtual attendees may join us via Zoom