Amina Gautier & Donika Kelly to read for NB Debut Writer’s Series

The Natural Bridge Debut Writers Series welcomes Donika Kelly & Amina Gautier to St. Louis this spring.

Amina will be reading at 7:00 pm on March 14 at Gallery 210. She is the author of three award-winning short story collections: The Loss of All Lost Things, which won the Elixir Press Award in Fiction and received the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award, Now We Will Be Happy, which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, the USA Best Book Award in African American Fiction,  the International Book Award, a Silver IPPY Award in Multicultural Fiction, a Florida Authors and Publishers Association Award Gold Medal in Short Fiction, and was Long-listed for The Chautauqua Prize in Fiction, and At-Risk, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and received an Eric Hoffer Legacy Award and a First Horizon Award. Gautier has published a record number of short stories. More than eighty-five of her short stories have been published and her fiction appears in African American Review, African Voices, Agni, Antioch Review, B&A: New Fiction, Cicada, Chattahoochee Review, Colorado Review, Crab Orchard Review, Crazyhorse, Glimmer Train, Iconoclast, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Nimrod, North American Review, Notre Dame Review,, Pindeldyboz, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, Quarter After Eight, Red Rock Review, River Styx, Salt Hill, Shenandoah, Southeast Review, Southern Review, Southwest Review, Storyquarterly, Studio Magazine, Sycamore Review, Timber Creek Review, Today’s Black Woman, Torch, and Yemassee among other places. Gautier’s work has been extensively reprinted, appearing in All About Skin! Women Writers of Color, Best African American Fiction 2009, Best African American Fiction 2010, Discoveries: New Writing from The Iowa Review, New Stories from the South: The Yearâ’s Best, 2008, The Notre Dame Review: The First Ten Years, The Sincerest Form of Flattery: Contemporary Women Writers on Forerunners in Fiction, 25 Provocative Women Writers and Voices.


Donika will be reading at 7:00 pm on April 18th at Gallery 210. She is the author of BESTIARY (Graywolf 2016), winner of the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the 2017 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry, long listed for the National Book Award (2016), and a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award (2017), and the chapbook AVIARIUM (500 Places 2017). Donika is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow, a finalist for the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Prize, and recipient of a fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center. She received her MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University.  She is an Assistant Professor at St. Bonaventure University, where she teaches creative writing.


Natural Bridge Podcast 12


Episode 12: St. Louis Small Press Expo is now up on iTunes and Soundcloud! On this episode, MFA program alumna Jennifer Tappenden sits down with six contributors to the 2017 St. Louis Small Press Expo. The Interviewees are Ray Nadine of Dollhouse, Dmitri Jackson of Blackwax Boulevard, Mike McCubbins of Floating Head, David James Miller of Elis Press, Caitlin Moriarity writer of Sky Faraday, and Bridget McDonald, our own Managing Editor.

Natural Bridge Presents: Alexander Weinstein

Pushcart Prize Nominations!


Natural Bridge is happy to announce our nominations for the Pushcart Prize!

Our nominations include:


“Man on the Floor” by Kirsti Sandi


“The Abandoned Quarry” by Travis Mossotti

“Ten Bands of an Oval Braided Rug” by Andy Fogle

“Occupy This Threshold” by Nandini Dhar

“Scion” by Chris Souza


“The War Ends Many Times” by Rachel hall


Congratulations to all our nominees! We hope to see you in the forthcoming issue of the Pushcart!