Alumna and author Nicole GoodwinAlumna and author Nicole Goodwin will return to Hostos on February 15 to lecture about her new book, Warcries at 2:00 p.m. in the Hostos Art Gallery. Get to know a little bit more about our special guest, who also served her country valiantly, for this educational and inspiring Black History Month event.

What did you take away from your experience at Hostos?
I took away a real sense of pride in creating art. Several multitalented students and professors surrounded me while I was studying there before graduating in 2008. I absorbed a great deal of their work ethic. I also learned that creating art is greater than ego or fame. It’s a calling that pushes you to create substance and meaning from the world at large.

In which branch of the military did you serve? Why did you enlist?
I served in the Army. I enlisted because I wanted to travel—to see the world and, of course, pay for the rest of my education.

What was the inspiration behind Warcries: The Experience, and, is it your first book?
Yes, Warcries, is my first book. I have written many poetry manuscripts but none have seen daylight. Warcries: The Experience is the live interpretation of my poems. 

As an African-American woman, author and veteran, what does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History Month is the epitome of celebrating Black resolve and perseverance under a system that still, in my opinion, needs to evolve in order to humanely prosper.

RSVP for this event to Adam Meyer, Alumni Speakers Bureau Coordinator, at or 718-518-4152.

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