PHOTOS: 2018 National Poetry Month – An Evening with Nicole Sealey and Cheryl Boyce-Taylor

The John Oliver Killens Reading Series,

in Partnership with Brooklyn Public Library,


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


To celebrate 2018 National Poetry Month, the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, in partnership with Brooklyn Public Library, hosted an inspiring program with poets Nicole Sealey and Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, on April 12, 2018.

The event was part of the Center’s John Oliver Killens Reading Series and held at the Dweck Cultural Center at Brooklyn Public Library. Boyce-Taylor opened the program with the reading of her poem “Devouring the Light, 1968: After Martin Luther King Jr.” in honor of the 50th anniversary of King’s death. She then read a selection of poems from her previous collections and her recent book, Arrival. Sealey read several of her favorite poems, which included “Hysterical Strengths” from her collection Ordinary Beast. Following the poetry readings, Clarence V. Reynolds, director at the Center for Black Literature, joined the poets on stage for a conversation about their journeys as poets, influences on their writing, and their views on the ways poetry can effect social change.