"The Creation of More Just Societies – A Poetry Reading and Dialogue with Poet Nicole Sealey"

Feb 23, 2022, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
Open to Princeton University ID Holders



Event Description

Princeton’s University Center for Human Values invites the Princeton community to join us for a poetry reading and dialogue with award-winning poet Nicole Sealey.

Nicole Sealey is the author of Ordinary Beast (Ecco, 2017), and The Animal After Whom Other Animals are Named (Northwestern University Press, 2016). Her current poetry project, Ferguson Report: An Erasure is under contract with Knopf. Excerpts from the project have been published in The Paris Review, The Nation, Poetry London and elsewhere. “Pages 22-29, an excerpt from Ferguson Report: An Erasure” won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in 2021 (link).

Nicole Sealey lectures in the Program in Creative Writing at Princeton. She has received many honors in recognition of her poetry, including a Rome Prize in Literature, a Hodder Fellowship from the Lewis Center at Princeton, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. As a former executive director of Cave Canem Foundation, an organization that promotes Black poetry, Sealey has played an important role in building community. In an interview for The Paris Review in 2018, Sealey remarked, “I’m wagering poetry has and will continue to play a significant role in the creation of just societies.” In this event, Nicole Sealey will read selected poems and discuss both her creative and professional work.

Emily Greenwood (UCHV and Classics) will pose questions, followed by an open period of Q&A.

To read featured poems, click here (PU log in required).

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Photo credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths