Nicole Sealey was born in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, and raised in 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 full-length collection The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named (2016), winner of the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her other honors and awards include an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, a Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize, a Daniel Varoujan Award, and a Poetry International Prize. She has been both a Cave Canem graduate fellow and a Poetry Project fellow and is currently the programs director at Cave Canem.