2018 National Poetry Month – An Evening with Nicole Sealey and Cheryl Boyce-Taylor: A Program of the John Oliver Killens Reading Series

The John Oliver Killens Reading Series,

in Partnership with Brooklyn Public Library,


 “An Evening with Nicole Sealey and Cheryl Boyce-Taylor”


Thursday, April 12th, 2018
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

This event is free and open to the public.


To celebrate 2018 National Poetry Month, The Center for Black Literature, in partnership with Brooklyn Public Library, presents an evening of poetry with Nicole Sealey, poet and author of Ordinary Beast (Ecco Books, 2017) and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Sealey, executive director of Cave Canem Foundation, will be joined with Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, author of Arrival and Convincing the Body.


Very Special Thanks to Amazon Literary Partnership for support of this program.


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About the Author

Born in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., and raised in Apopka, Florida, Nicole Sealey is the author of Ordinary Beast and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her other honors include an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review, a Daniel Varoujan Award and the Poetry International Prize, as well as fellowships from CantoMundo, Cave Canem, MacDowell Colony and the Poetry Project. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and elsewhere. Nicole holds an MLA in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida and an MFA in creative writing from New York University. She is the executive director at Cave Canem Foundation.



Cheryl Boyce-Taylor is the recipient of the 2015 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award. The founder and curator of Calypso Muse Reading Series, Boyce-Taylor earned an MFA in poetry from Stonecoast: The University of Southern Maine. She is the author of four collections of poetry: Arrival (2017), Convincing the Body (2005), Raw Air, and Night When Moon Follows (2000). Cheryl’s work has been commissioned by The National Endowment for the Arts and The Joyce Theatre for Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence Dance Company. Boyce-Taylor’s poetry has been widely published in literary journals such as Callaloo, Caribbean EroticaSo Much Things To Say:100 Calabash Poets, AdrienneAloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Mom Egg Review, and Pluck! Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture.


About the Program Partners

The mission of the Center for Black Literature is to broaden, enrich, and expand the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the value of literature produced by writers of the African diaspora through programs that build an audience for the discussion, reading, and critical analysis of contemporary Black literature and that serve as a forum for the study of Black literature. For more information about The Center for Black Literature and CBL events and programs, please visit us online at www.centerforblackliterature.com. Find the Center for Black Literature on Social Media: Facebook: Center for Black Literature; Twitter: @Center4BlackLit; and Instagram: @Center4BlackLit.


Central Library first opened its doors to the public on February 1, 1941. With its breathtaking façade, sweeping grand lobby and vast contemporary and historical collections, it has been a Brooklyn icon since its opening. The library was designated a New York City Landmark in 1997 and joined the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. Central Library is Brooklyn’s home library, and one of New York City’s foremost cultural, civic and educational institutions. It is home to the Brooklyn Collection, the world’s largest public archive for the study of Brooklyn’s social and cultural history.


Directions to Brooklyn Public Library:

Subway: 2 or 3 train to Grand Army Plaza