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M.F.A., New York University
Biography / Academic Interests
Detroit native Tyehimba Jess’ first book of poetry, 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.” Professor Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU Alumni, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004-5 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Professor 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 has also exhibited his poetry at the 2011 TedX Nashville Conference. Tyehimba Jess is an Assistant Professor of English at College of Staten Island.
Scholarship / Publications
Professor Jess' fiction and poetry have appeared in 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, Brilliant Corners, Ploughshares; Obsidian III: Literature in the African Diaspora; Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas; Mosaic; Blu Magazine; American Poetry Review; Indiana Review; Nashville Review and 580 Split.