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SEAN DESVIGNES

HIS STORY

Influenced by jazz and the black experience yet citing Shakespeare, Chaucer and the Romantic poets as favorites, Sean DesVignes (Brooklyn College ’16) started writing poetry at 13. Now a nationally honored published poet and spoken-word performer, DesVignes coached Brooklyn College’s team to national prominence at the 2013 and 2014 College Union’s Poetry Slam Invitational, winning best new poet in the 2013 competition, and is currently working on a manuscript chronicling the free jazz and calypso movements of the 1960s.

AWARD

2015 Beinecke Scholarship for graduate study, recognizing “exceptional promise.”.

GOAL

Likely to attend graduate school after earning his B.A. in creative writing.