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General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction History Non-Fiction Poetry

Born: Detroit, Michigan


Illinois Connection

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 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. His fiction and poetry have appeared in many journals, as well as anthologies including: 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.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """Leadbelly"""

-- *Winner, National Poetry Series, 2004

-- *Best Poetry Books List, Library Journal, 2005

-- *Best Poetry Books List, Black Issues Book Review, 2005


-- """Olio"""

-- *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