In conjunction with the exhibition Redaction: A Project by Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts, New York-based poets Nicole Sealey and John Murrillo present a reading of their poetry followed by a Q&A with the audience about the exhibition, its themes, and their respective practices.
The executive director at Cave Canem Foundation, Sealey is the author of Ordinary Beast and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named. Among other honors, she is the recipient of the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize, the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review, the Poetry International Prize, and a Daniel Varoujan Award, as well as being a finalist for the PEN Open Book and Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards. She was recently named a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and is currently a visiting professor at Boston University and the Doris Lippman Visiting Poet at The City College of New York.
John Murrillo is the author of the poetry collections Up Jump the Boogie, which was a finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Pen Open Book Award, and Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry. His honors include two Larry Neal Writers Awards, a Pushcart Prize, the J Howard and Barbara MJ Wood Prize from the Poetry Foundation, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Cave Canem Foundation, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He is an assistant professor of english at Wesleyan University and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College.
Organized by Sarah Suzuki, Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Museum of Modern Art; with Jocelyn Miller, Assistant Curator, MoMA PS1.
The program of accompanying events is organized by Reginald Dwayne Betts in collaboration with Taja Cheek, Assistant Curator, and Alex Sloane, Assistant Curator, MoMA PS1.