Pen Name: None
Genres: Non-Fiction, Poetry, History
Born: Detroit, Michigan
Jess graduated from the University of Chicago and taught at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
Biographical and Professional Information
Tyehimba Jess is a Cave Canem and NYU Alumni, and has received fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. A veteran of the 2000 and 2001 Green Mill Poetry Slam Team, he exhibited his poetry at the 2011 TEDxNashville Conference, and received a 2016 Lannan Literary Award.
Jess' fiction and poetry have appeared in many journals, as well as anthologies such as Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, Beyond The Frontier: African American Poetry for the Twenty-First Century, Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Power Lines: Ten Years of Poetry from Chicago's Guild Complex, Slam: The Art of Performance Poetry.
Jess has taught at the Juilliard School, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island in New York.
- LeadBelly: Poems, Wave Books, 2005
- Olio, Wave Books, 2016
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
- Winner, National Poetry Series, 2004
- Best Poetry Books List, Library Journal, 2005
- Best Poetry Books List, Black Issues Book Review, 2005
- Winner, Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, 2017
- Winner, Anisfield-Wolf Award in Poetry
- Poetry Award, Society of Midland Authors
- Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation, Black Caucus of American Library Association
- Finalist for poetry, National Book Critics Circle Award, 2016
- Finalist, PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, 2017
- Finalist, Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, 2017
- Top poetry book of spring, Library Journal, 2016
- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
- Starred Review, Library Journal
- Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, 2001
- Lannan Literary Award in Poetry, 2016
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)
For booking information for Tyehimba Jess, or to reach Tyehimba directly, please send a note to Vaughan Ashlie Fielder at: The Field Office.
For media inquiries, contact Ryo Yamaguchi Wave Books.
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