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Tyehimba Jess

Tyehimba Jess is the author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly and Olio. Olio won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and the Midland Society Authors Award in Poetry; received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association; and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN Jean Stein Book Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU alumnus, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, was a 2004-2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and received the 2016 Lannan Literary Award in Poetry.

Prizes, Awards & Fellowships
  • 2016 Lannan Literary Award for Poetry
  • 2007