Tyehimba Jess poetry reading

Tyehimba Jess poetry reading

Friday, April 13, 2018
5:00 PM –  6:30 PM in Room 3-133

Co-sponsored by the Dean's Office of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Literature; the Center for Art, Science and Technology; Women's and Gender Studies; and Comparative Media Studies/Writing.

Tyehimba Jess is the author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly and Olio. Olio won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry, and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. It was also nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN Jean Stein Book Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Leadbelly was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.” Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU Alumni, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004–2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Jess is a Professor of English at College of Staten Island.