JOK Reading Series: Sept. 12, An Evening with Nicole Dennis-Benn, Author of “Patsy”

John Oliver Killens Reading Series

An Evening with
Nicole Dennis-Benn, Author of “Patsy”

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Medgar Evers College, CUNY
Edison O. Jackson Auditorium
1638 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Free and open to the public.

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Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Patsy, will be in conversation with Jamia Wilson, Executive Director and Publisher, Feminist Press at City University of New York. In Dennis-Benn’s novel Patsy, she explores the demands on one woman who immigrates from Jamaica to New York and leaves her young daughter behind.



Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of Here Comes the Sun, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Lambda Literary Award. Her best-selling, sophomore novel, Patsy, has received much acclaim from The New York Times, O Magazine, Time, NPR, Vogue, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and others. As a Jamaican-born and raised author, Time Out New York has described Dennis-Benn as one of the “few immigrants and first-generation Americans who are putting their stamps on NYC,” and Vice has lauded Dennis-Benn for “making American literature great again.” Dennis-Benn is the founder of the Stuyvesant Writing Workshop and lives with her wife in Brooklyn. Her website is


Jamia Wilson is a feminist activist, writer, and speaker. As director of the Feminist Press at the City University of New York and the former VP of programs at the Women’s Media Center, Wilson has been a leading voice on women’s rights issues for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in numerous outlets, including The New York Times, the Today Show, CNN, Elle, BBC, Rookie, Refinery 29, Glamour, Teen Vogue, and The Washington Post. She is the author of Young, Gifted, and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present; the introduction and oral history in Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World, Step Into Your Power: 23 Lessons on How to Live Your Best Life, The ABCs of AOC: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from A to Z, and the coauthor of Roadmap for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Advocacy, and Activism for All. Learn more her at