Join us at Sanborn Library as the Department of English & Creative Writing welcomes poet Tyehimba Jess to read for the Cleopatra Mathis Poetry & Prose series.
Tyehimba Jess is the author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly and Olio. Olio, with ambitious manipulations of poetic forms, presents the sweat and story behind America's blues, worksongs and church hymns. It 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.”
Olio is one of the most inventive, intensive poetic undertakings of the past decade...Through photos, drawings, interviews, foldouts, tables, facts, fictions, and yes, so many strong poems ... Olio assembles and raises the voices of an essential chorus: "Listen to how we sing while we/ promises unto ourselves not to die."
-- Boston Globe
Detroit native Tyehimba Jess' first book of poetry, Leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. 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 also a veteran of the 2000 and 2001 Green Mill Poetry Slam Team, and won a 2000 - 2001 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and a 2006 Whiting Fellowship. He exhibited his poetry at the 2011 TEDxNashville Conference. Jess is an Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island.
Free and open to all. The bookstore will be on hand with books for purchasing and autographing.
Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in PoetryWinner of the 2017 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Poetry Winner of the 2017 Book Award from the Society of Midland Authors for Poetry 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for poetry 2017 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award finalist
"It is exhilarating to be invited into a world so large and muscular, so rooted in history, a world where so much is at stake."--Brigit Pegeen Kelly, National Poetry Series judge