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Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz is an award-winning associate professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her first full-length collection of poetry is Love from the Vortex & Other Poems (Kaleidoscope Vibrations, 2020) which can be found at

Pandemic Poetics: An Eulogy and Manifesto in an AntiBlack World

We both turn to poetry for refuge and reflection during these multiple pandemics. When Blackness means possible execution, poetry becomes both eulogy and manifesto: we put our pens to pads as a means to not only mourn and give tribute to Black life lost, but also declare and celebrate the audacity and fearlessness of Black life (and Black afterlives) even in the face of violence.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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