Part fact, part fiction, Tyehimba Jess's much anticipated second book weaves sonnet, song, and narrative to examine the lives of mostly unrecorded African American performers directly before and after the Civil War up to World War I. Olio is an effort to understand how they met, resisted, complicated, co-opted, and sometimes defeated attempts to minstrelize them.
2/2: pgs 1-60
2/23: Tyehimba Jess will join the conversation
-WINNER OF 2017 PULITZER PRIZE IN POETRY
-WINNER OF ANISFIELD-WOLF AWARD IN POETRY
-WINNER OF SOCIETY OF MIDLAND AUTHORS AWARD IN POETRY
-BLACK CAUCUS OF AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO PUBLISHING CITATION
Detroit native 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. Jess is also 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 is an Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island.
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