Visiting Writers Series Continues With National Book Award Finalist

Solmaz Sharif

Solmaz Sharif 

Feb. 22, 2017 - Two poets who were on 2016 National Book Award lists will read at UC Davis March 6.

Solmaz Sharif’s first poetry collection LOOK was a finalist for a National Book Award. She is winner of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. An Istanbul native of Iranian descent, Sharif is Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. 

“By turns fierce and tender, the poems are a searing response to American intervention.”—The New Yorker

Donika Kelly’s debut collection Bestiary was long-listed for a National Book Award picked as one of 10 best poetry books of 2016 by the New York Times and won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize.

“If a few poems here seem slight, or too willfully autobiographical, that is a small price to pay for the possibilities her work suggests.” — New York Times 

This year’s visiting writers series, organized by the UC Davis English Department Creative Writing Program, will wrap up May 1 with Micah Perks. Her books include the novel We Are Gathered Here and What Becomes Us and the memoir Pagan Time: An American Childhood.

All readings are at 7 p.m. in the Peter J. Shields Library Instruction Room (Room 205) on the second floor of the library and are free and open to the public.