Nicole Sealey – Week 27 Chapbook Chart 2020

At turns humorous and heartbreaking, The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named explores in both formal and free verse what it means to die, which is to say, also, what it means to live. In this collection, Sealey displays an exquisite sense of the lyric, as well as an acute political awareness. Never heavy-handed or dogmatic, the poems included in this slim volume excavate the shadows of both personal and collective memory and are, at all points, relentless. To quote the poet herself, here is a debut as luminous and unforgiving “”as the unsparing light at tunnel’s end.”

Nicole Sealey was born in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, and raised in Apopka, Florida. She earned an MLA in Africana studies from the University of South Florida and an MFA in creative writing from New York University. Sealey is the author of the collections Ordinary Beast (2017), a finalist for the PEN Open Book and Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards, and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named (2016), winner of the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize.

1 – The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named: Poems – Nicole Sealey (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

2 – THE MANUAL – Godefroy Dronsart (Independently published, 2020)

3 – Grace Gibson: Six Poems & One Short Story – Grace Gibson, Ted Wojtasik, Christy Mitchell, Ryan Perez (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015)

4 – Fourteen Poems (Volume 6) – Nancy Bradberry, Ted Wojtasik, Madge McKeithen, Christine Mitchell (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015)

5 – Puro Amor  – Sandra Cisneros (Sarabande Books, 2018)

6 – Learning to Have Lost – Oz Hardwick (Recent Work Press, 2019)

7 – Mare Nostrum – Khaled Mattawa (Sarabande Books, 2019)

8 – Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig – Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, 2010)

9 – Nowhere to Arrive – Jenny Xie (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

10 – Folk Songs: Three Weird Tales of Music and Song – William Meikle (Independently published)

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