Born in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and raised in Apopka, Florida, Nicole Sealey is a Cave Canem graduate fellow. The recipient of a 2014 Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, she is the author of The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize, forthcoming from Northwestern University Press.
Additional honors include the 2014 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American
Poetry Review, a 2013 Daniel Varoujan Award and the 2012 Poetry International Prize.
Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, Copper Nickel, Ploughshares, Third Coast 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 Programs Director at Cave Canem Foundation.
Megan Falley is the author of two full-length collections of poetry on Write Bloody Publishing, After the Witch Hunt (2012) and Redhead and the Slaughter King (2014). Her chapbook Bad Girls, Honey [Poems About Lana Del Rey] is the winner of the Tired Hearts Press Contest. She is a Women of the World and National Poetry Slam finalist, winner of the 2015 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam and has been featured on TV One’s Verses & Flow. Her work has been published in Rattle, PANK, Pen Center USA’s The Rattling Wall among other literary journals. She is the creator of the online writing course, Poems That Don’t Suck. Megan is currently on tour with poet Olivia Gatwood as a part of Speak Like A Girl, an interactive, educational, feminist spoken word show. When she is not writing and touring the country, she is singing dirty songs sweetly on her ukulele.
Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky With Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). A 2014 Ruth Lilly fellow, he has received honors from Kundiman, Poets House, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation (Italy), The Elizabeth George Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, and a 2014 Pushcart Prize. His poems appear in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Nation, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly , Best New Poets 2014, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the 2012 Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. He lives in Queens, NY. (www.oceanvuong.com)
Aziza Barnes is a Los Angeles native brown woman poet living in Bedstuy, New York. Her first chapbook, me Aunt Jemima and the nailgun, was published July 2013 from Button Poetry Press. You can find her work in Muzzle Magazine, NYU’s The Grey Area, West 10th Literary Journal, PLUCK! and Callaloo. Aziza has also attended Callaloo’s inaugural UK workshop in the fall of 2013. She is the recipient of the 2013-14 NYU Gallery Prize for Radical Presence in Black Contemporary Art for her poem “descendants.” Aziza travels and performs her work at various universities around the country, giving workshops on the craft of poetry. She writes for members of the Diaspora, to promote transformative empathy and for her ancestors, both known and unknown.
Rickey Laurentiis is the author of Boy with Thorn, selected by Terrance Hayes for the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (University of Pittsburgh Press, Fall 2015). He is the recipient of many honors, including a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems appear in Poetry, The New Republic, New York Times, Kenyon Review and Boston Review, among other journals. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, he currently resides in Brooklyn.
Janae Johnson is a spoken word poet, teaching artist, educator, and organizer originally from Sacramento, California. She was a finalist at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam Festival and serves as one of the founders and slammasters at The House Slam poetry venue in Boston, MA.
Janae’s work is primarily centered on her love, her sexuality and her blackness. She is the coach and advisor for the Simmons College Speaks Poetry Slam Team and is committed to creating safe artistic spaces for queer people of color. Janae also appreciates black musicals, Stevie Wonder songs and pineapple-based smoothies. She currently resides in Roxbury, MA.
Victoria Redel is the author of four books of fiction and three books of poetry. Of her most recent poetry collection, Woman Without Umbrella, Major Jackson writes, “So possessed are we by her radiant wisdom, that inner splendor gained from the craft of fearless engagement in language with one’s powers as well as one’s missteps, in her glorious journey on earth.” Her work has been awarded numerous awards including the S Mariela Gable Award, The Tom and Stan Wick Poetry Award and her novel Loverboy was adapted for a feature film. Her fiction and poetry have been widely anthologized. Redel’s work has been translated into five languages. Redel is a professor at Sarah Lawrence College. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for The Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center.
Eboni Hogan is an award-winning poet, playwright and teaching artist who has performed in over 35 U.S. cities as well as internationally in Ghana, Germany, India and Austria. She was the 2008 Urbana Grand Slam Champion and has represented the Nuyorican Slam team, twice. Eboni was the 2010 Women of the World Grand Slam Champion.
This coming November 11, 2015, virtually 10 years to the day after the very first pairing of Page Meets Stage, several alumni of the 80 pairings that have happened since will join together with a few emerging voices to celebrate this amazing series “where the Pulitzer Prize meets the poetry slam.” The event will take place at 7:00 pm at our new venue in New York City:
The Celebration of Whimsy
21 Clinton Street
(just south of Houston)
The show is FREE, but there are only 99 seas in the theater, and we recommend registering/obtaining a ticket through Eventbrite here.
Mahogany L. Browne
The Cave Canem and Poets House alumni is the author of several books including Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line, recommended by Small Press Distribution & About.com Best Poetry Books of 2010. Mahogany bridges the gap between lyrical poets and literary emcee. Browne has toured Germany, Amsterdam, England, Canada and recently Australia as 1/3 of the cultural arts exchange project Global Poetics. Her journalism work has been published in magazines Uptown, KING, XXL, The Source, Canada’s The Word and UK’s MOBO. Her poetry has been published in literary journals Pluck, Manhattanville Review, Muzzle, Union Station Mag, Literary Bohemian, Bestiary, Joint & The Feminist Wire. She is anticipating the release of several poetry collections in 2015: Smudge (Button Poetry), Redbone (Willow Books) & the anthology The Break Beat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Harcourt). She is an Urban Word NYC mentor, as seen on HBO’s Brave New Voices and facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country. Brown is also the publisher of Penmanship Books, the Nuyorican Poets Café Poetry Program Director and Friday Night Slam curator and currently an MFA Candidate for Writing & Activism at Pratt Institute.
Chris Abani is an acclaimed author. His most recent novel is The Secret History of Las Vegas. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the Hurston Wright Award, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, among many honors. Born in Nigeria, he is currently a Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University. He lives in Chicago. More at http://www.chrisabani.com
Brian Turner, April Ranger (host), and Rives on October 15, 2014
Curator’s post-mortem from April Ranger: Both poets agreed NOT to work from a set list, but to perform instead the poems that simply seemed appropriate in the moment, and that made for a wonderfully free-flowing evening. The rain was torrential at times, and the glass roof of the third-floor bar made a loud splattering sound that threatened to drown out the poetry! Both Rives and Brian Turner are excellent at delivering the reader or listener into the present moment, creating urgency through an unexpected image or change direction. I think of these poets as excavators: constantly examining small events in their lives, uncovering a new insight, and then lifting it for others to witness. I was excited to hear the contrast in tone between a multimedia storyteller often lauded for his comedy and a US Army veteran whose first book recounts his time spent fighting in Iraq, all while experiencing their shared knack for surprise.