Moses Brown Welcomes Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Tyehimba Jess

Woodman Center on Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m.

Tyehimba Jess is the author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly and OlioOlio won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.  It was also nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Leadbelly was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series and named among the year’s “Best Poetry Books” by Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review.

Jess has received a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and been a Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. He is a veteran of the Green Mill Poetry Slam Team and has won an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry and a Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award. He has presented his poetry at TEDx Nashville and received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2018. Jess is a Professor of English at the College of Staten Island.

Jess’ fiction and poetry have appeared in many journals, as well as anthologies such as Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American PoetryBeyond 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, and Slam: The Art of Performance Poetry.

Moses Brown is also celebrating poetry around Providence, with the Providence Athenaeum presenting MacArthur Fellow and NYTimes-Magazine poetry editor Terrance Hayes and R.I. Poet Laureate Tina Cane on Thursday, April 25, 5-7 p.m.