Nicole Sealey, Executive Director
Born in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and raised in Apopka, Florida, Nicole Sealey is the author of Ordinary Beast, forthcoming from Ecco in fall 2017, and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her other honors include an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review, a Daniel Varoujan Award and the Poetry International Prize, as well as fellowships from CantoMundo, Cave Canem Foundation, Inc., MacDowell Colony and the Poetry Project. Sealey holds an MLA in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida and an MFA in creative writing from New York University.
Elizabeth Bryant, Programs & Communications Coordinator
Elizabeth is a poetry and prose writer from Minnesota. She studied History and Black Studies at Swarthmore College, graduating with a B.A. Previously, she worked at The Given’s Foundation for African American Literature in Minnesota; at Cave Canem, she served as an intern and workshop assistant. Elizabeth is thrilled to join Cave Canem and contribute to the communities, programs and writers she cares about deeply.
Isissa Komada-John, Grants Manager
Isissa is a multidisciplinary designer, curator, and creative arts administrator. In addition to her work at Cave Canem, she manages and designs exhibitions at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She previously served as the Exhibitions Director of MoCADA, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, working with over 100 artists to develop socially engaged projects and curating and organizing more than 30 exhibitions. Isissa holds a degree in Africana Studies from Brown University. A native New Yorker, she lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, NY.
Natalie Desrosiers, Programs & Communications Fellow
Natalie Desrosiers is a recent graduate of Bard College, where she received her B.A. in Written Arts with a strong background in political theory and Black radical thought. Previously, she worked as a library assistant at the Center for Curatorial Studies Bard Library and Archives. Natalie is interested in publishing, librarianship, and the curatorial field.
Della Rivera Green, Workshops Fellow
Della Rivera Green is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Brooklyn. She studied English at Reed College, graduating with a B.A. Della previously served as the Communications & Marketing intern at Cave Canem, and is so happy to continue her work through the workshops fellowship.
Nicole Hatcher, Intern
Nicole is a youth arts advocate from Cleveland, Ohio. She is a senior studying Film and Television at New York University. Although she graduated for Creative Writing from Cleveland School of the Arts she has dabbled in everything from photography, life drawing, to choir. This adventure has inspired her to soon spread arts to the youth of Cleveland through a nonprofit. Previously, Nicole interned with R.O.S.E.S, a program for young woman involved in the Juvenile Justice System and the Greater Cleveland Film Commission. Nicole is enthused to become a part of Cave Canem and to broaden her knowledge.