Poet Activist Sapphire Gives Master Class with Nicole Sealey

As part of the PEN World Voices Festival 2013, poet and activist Sapphire gives a Master Class with Nicole Sealey at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium on Thursday, May 02, 2013, 8:30pm.

Sapphire’s first novel PUSH was made into the film Precious starring Gabourey SidibeMo’Nique, who won the Academy Award for her portrayal of Precious’ mother Mary, Mariah Carey, and Lenny Kravitz.  Her poetry has appeared in several anthologies, including High Risk 2: Writings on SexDeath & Subversion; Critical Condition: Women on the Edge of Violence; and Women on Women: An Anthology of American Lesbian Short Fiction. Sapphire graduated from City College in Harlem with a degree in Dance [and an M.F.A. from the writing program at Brooklyn College], where she was the 1994 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Scholarship in Poetry. She was the first place winner in Downtown Magazine‘s Year of the Poet III Award for 1994.

Born in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and raised in Central Florida, Nicole Sealey is a Cave Canem graduate fellow whose work was selected for inclusion in Best New Poets 2011. Winner of the 2012 Poetry International Prize and finalist for the Dora and Alexander Raynes Prize for Poems 2012 and the 2011 Third Coast Poetry Prize, her poems have appeared in Callaloo, Drunken Boat, Harvard Review, and Ploughshares, among other literary online and print journals. She is currently an M.F.A. candidate in poetry at New York University. 

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