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Fiction writer Kaitlyn Greenidge, fiction writer Helen Oyeyemi, and poet and 2019-20 Hodder Fellow Nicole Sealey read from their work as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series.

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing celebrates 80 years during the 2019-20 academic year with readings by 80 writers.


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KAITLYN GREENIDGE is the author of the debut novel We Love You, Charlie Freeman. She received her MFA from Hunter College, where she studied with Nathan Englander and Peter Carey, and was Colson Whitehead’s writing assistant as part of the Hertog Research Fellowship. Greenidge was the recipient of the Bernard Cohen Short Story Prize. She was a Bread Loaf scholar, a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace artist-in-residence, and a Johnson State College visiting emerging writer. Her work has appeared in the Believer, the Feminist Wire, At Length, Fortnight Journal, Green Mountains Review, Afrobeat Journal, the Tottenville Review, and American Short Fiction. Originally from Boston, she now lives in Brooklyn.


HELEN OYEYEMI is the author of The Opposite House; White is for Witching; Mr. Fox; Boy, Snow, Bird; and the short story collection What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours. She wrote her first novel, The Icarus Girl, while still at school studying for her A levels at Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School. While studying social and political sciences at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, two of her plays, Juniper’s Whitening and Victimese, were performed by fellow students to critical acclaim and subsequently published by Methuen.


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NICOLE SEALEY, born in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and raised in Apopka, Florida, is the author of Ordinary Beast, a finalist for the 2018 PEN Open Book Award and the 2018 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her other honors include the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review, a Daniel Varoujan Award, and the Poetry International Prize, as well as fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, CantoMundo, Cave Canem, MacDowell Colony, and the Poetry Project. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and elsewhere. Sealey holds a M.L.A. in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New York University. During her fellowship year, she will work on an epic erasure of the Department of Justice’s 100-plus-page Ferguson report.

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