Lewis Center Past Fellows

Nicole Sealey

Nicole Sealey headshot

Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths


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.


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