Join us for a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tyehimba Jess.
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.
Presented by One Book One Bronx, Literary Freedom Project, Lehman College. Lehman College Library. CUNY Center for the Humanities, Lift Every Voice.
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 the winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize and is a Professor of English at College of Staten Island.
During Black History Month, One Book One Bronx, in collaboration with the Leonard Lief Library at Lehman College, City University of New York, will host a series of eclectic programs and reading groups as part of a nation-wide initiative, Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters.