Apr 17: A Reading by Poets Cynthia Manick and Malvika Jolly

The Queens College English Department is proud to partner with the Belladonna* Collaborative to bring you a reading by Cynthia Manick and Malika Jolly. The reading will take place in President’s Conference Room #2 (Fifth Floor, Room 525) of the Rosenthal Library, and will feature a Q&A facilitated by Rosaline Nizam as well as books for sale from both the Belladonna* Collaborative and Kew & Willow Books.

This reading is free and open to the public, so we hope you can make it!

For more information, contact Ryan Black at ryan.black@qc.cuny.edu.


CYNTHIA MANICK is the author of No Sweet Without Brine (Amistad-HarperCollins, 2023), which received five stars from Roxane Gay, was named among the “Best Poetry of the Last Year” by Ms. Magazine, and was selected as a New York Public Library Best Book of 2023. She is editor of The Future of Black: Afrofuturism, Black Comics, and Superhero Poetry and author of Blue Hallelujahs. Her work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day Series, Brooklyn Rail, The Rumpus and other outlets. She lives in New York but travels widely for poetry.

MALVIKA JOLLY is a South Asian poet, translator, and educator based in New York City. She has been published in Four Way Review, Mizna, The Rumpus, Salt Hill Journal, The Best Small Fictions Anthology 2023, and featured in programs for the Brooklyn Rail, Method Bandra (Mumbai), The Poetry Society of New York, and The New York Foundation for the Arts. She is the recipient of support from Brooklyn Poets, City Lore, The Dara Shikoh Literary Festival, Davis Projects for Peace, Radius of Arab American Writers, Under the Volcano, and The Watering Hole. She serves as programs coordinator for Brooklyn-based arts organization Tamaas | سامت , and as senior editor for Poetry Northwest. She curates The New Third World, a poetry reading series inspired by the Non-Aligned Movement. Born in Rouen and raised in Chicago, she is at work on her debut collection of poems, In The Airport of Desires.