Creative Writing Faculty

Nicole Sealey

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Born in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and raised in Apopka, Florida, Nicole Sealey is the author of Ordinary Beast, finalist for the PEN Open Book and Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards, and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her honors include a 2021 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review and a Poetry International Prize, as well as fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, CantoMundo, Cave Canem, The Hermitage Artist Retreat, MacDowell, the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts and the Poetry Project. Her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry 2018 and 2021, The New Yorker, the Paris Review and elsewhere. She is a visiting professor at Boston University and also teaches in the low-residency MFA Writers Workshop in Paris program at New York University.


Nicole Sealey Receives 2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Poetry | New York Foundation for the Arts, October 6, 2020

Nicole Sealey Wins a 2021 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem | Forward Arts Foundation, Nov. 4, 2021

Nicole Sealey Wins Inaugural Granum Foundation Prize | Granum Foundation, Nov. 9, 2021