Visiting poet Nicole Sealey.
City College visiting poet Nicole Sealey has been awarded the Rome Prize for Literature by the American Academy in Rome, which seeks to support advanced independent work and research in the arts and humanities.
Sealey, the 2018-2019 Doris Lippman Visiting Poet at CCNY, will receive a stipend, workspace, and room and board for a period of five to eleven months at the Academy’s eleven-acre campus in Rome. The Rome Prizes were awarded to thirty American and six Italian artists and scholars on April 9 at Cooper Union in New York.
Sealey is the author of Ordinary Beast, finalist for the PEN Open Book and Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards, and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. She is also the recipient of the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review, the Poetry International Prize and a Daniel Varoujan Award, grants from the Elizabeth George and Jerome Foundations, as well as fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, CantoMundo, Cave Canem, MacDowell Colony and the Poetry Project.
Recently named a 2019-2020 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, she is also the executive director at Cave Canem Foundation, and a visiting professor at Boston University. The Doris Lippman Visiting Poet is a guest faculty position in the CCNY MFA program that is generously funded by the Lippman and Himmelfarb family.
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