Writers at Newark: Nicole Sealey and Kevin Young
Born in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and raised in Apopka, Florida, Nicole Sealey is the author of Ordinary Beast (Ecco, September 2017), and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her other honors include an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review, a Daniel Varoujan Award and the Poetry International Prize, as well as fellowships from CantoMundo, Cave Canem, MacDowell Colony and the Poetry Project. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and elsewhere. Nicole holds an MLA in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida and an MFA in creative writing from New York University. She is the executive director at Cave Canem Foundation, Inc.
Kevin Young is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and poetry editor at The New Yorker. Young’s ten books of poetry include: Brown (April 2018), Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 (2016), longlisted for the National Book Award; Book of Hours (2014), a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and winner the 2015 Lenore Marshall Prize for Poetry from the Academy of American Poets; Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels (2011), winner of an American Book Award; Dear Darkness (2008); For the Confederate Dead (2007); Black Maria (2005); To Repel Ghosts (2005); Jelly Roll: a blues (2003), a finalist for the National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize; and Most Way Home (1995), winner of the National Poetry Series and the Zacharis First Book Award. Young’s nonfiction book, Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News (November 2017), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award. His previous nonfiction book, The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness (2012), won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and the PEN Open Book Award and was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Young’s poetry and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times Book Review, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and Callaloo. Named University Distinguished Professor at Emory University, Young was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016. His many other honors include a Stegner Fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and an honorary doctorate from Beloit College.
About Writers at Newark:
The Writers at Newark Reading Series brings nationally prominent writers of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction to campus. The series is open to the public and is alsothe centerpiece for our community outreach programs, such as our Writers at Newark Mentors Program, where the Rutgers University - Newark Chancellor's Office and the MFA Program partners with local Newark high schools. The series meets at Express Newark (Hahnes Building, room 213)
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