CANCELLED Poets in Protest Presents: Donika Kelly in convo with Malik Thompson

CANCELLED! We apologize! All tickets on eventbrite have been refunded. 

Poets in Protest is back! Our poetry reading series hosting by poet and bookseller Malik Thompson returns with guest Donika Kelly, discussing their latest project, their work, and poetry in an age of revolution at Loyalty inside Willow. Join us for wine, sparkly water, and great conversation. Attendance is free but please RSVP below! Reserve a seat with an order of Bestiary by following the same link. 


Across this remarkable first book are encounters with animals, legendary beasts, and mythological monsters--half human and half something else. Donika Kelly's Bestiary is a catalogue of creatures--from the whale and ostrich to the pegasus and chimera to the centaur and griffin. Among them too are poems of love, self-discovery, and travel, from "Out West" to "Back East." Lurking in the middle of this powerful and multifaceted collection is a wrenching sequence that wonders just who or what is the real monster inside this life of survival and reflection. Selected and with an introduction by the National Book Award winner Nikky Finney, Bestiary questions what makes us human, what makes us whole.


DONIKA KELLY is the author of the chapbook Aviarium and the full-length collections The Renunciations (forthcoming) and Bestiary, the winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry, and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. A Cave Canem graduate fellow and member of the collective Poets at the End of the World, Donika is an Assistant Professor at Baruch College, where she teaches creative writing and literature.


Malik Thompson is a cis Black queer man from Washington, DC. Malik is a poet, nonfiction writer, and unapologetic bibliophile. When not selling books at Loyalty Bookstore, you can find Malik reading Toni Morrison, at a dance party, playing a JRPG, or leading a poetry workshop. You can follow Malik's Instagram account @negroliterati to find his thoughts on books.


Event date: 
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
843 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
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