PEN Out Loud: Staceyann Chin and Nicole Dennis-Benn

Monday October 14: 7:00PM 9:00PM

Event Admission

Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.

Poet and performer Staceyann Chin joins PEN Out Loud to celebrate her unflinching, activist-driven poetry, collected for the first time in Crossfire: A Litany for Survival. This event will feature a performance of her work, and a conversation with author Nicole Dennis-Benn on craft and the intersections between poetry and advocacy.

Presented in collaboration with PEN America. 

Poet, actor, and performing artist Staceyann Chin is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir The Other Side of Paradise, co-writer and original performer in the Tony Award–winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, and author of the one-woman shows Hands Afire, Unspeakable Things, Border/Clash, and MotherStruck. She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and 60 Minutes, and her poetry been featured in The New York Times and Washington Post. She proudly identifies as Caribbean, Black, Asian, lesbian, a woman, and a resident of New York City, as well as a Jamaican national.

Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of Here Comes the Sun, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Lambda Literary Award, and Patsy, which has been deemed by Apple Books as one of the Best Books of the Year so far. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, she teaches at Princeton and lives with her wife in Brooklyn. Her website is