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Muse Scholar makes international poetry debut

C.J. Jimenez (Class of '15) will ring in the new year at a reading of her poetry in Bangalore, India, where the senior Muse Scholar will be studying during winter break.

Bangalore's restaurant and activist center Paradigm Shift invited Jimenez to read on January 1, describing her as a "passionate feminist, vegan and activist from NYC" who "writes in order to provoke conversations about animal rights, gendered violence, and surviving abuse." The center advertises the event as "a meditation on our spiritual connection to Earth, and the sacredness of all life" and promises that Jimenez will be on hand to sign copies of her poetry collection Wolves and Other Nightmares, which she published under her pen name, Alicen Grey.

Jimenez is one of the Muse Scholar Program's most prolific and celebrated writers. She received the 2014 Tessie K. Scharps Prize for an essay on friendship, awarded by Hunter's Department of English, as well as an award from the Olivetree Review, Hunter's literary magazine.