Lewis Center Fellows

Nicole Sealey

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Nicole Sealey was born in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and raised in Apopka, Florida. She is the author of The Ferguson Report: An Erasure, an excerpt from which was awarded the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem; Ordinary Beast, a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the PEN Open Book Award; and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her honors include a 2023-2024 Cullman Center Fellowship from the New York Public Library, a Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy in Rome, a 2019-20 Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review, and fellowships from CantoMundo, Cave Canem, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work has appeared in various journals including The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and Poetry London.


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