Prof Tyehimba Jess

New York, United States

Member Since: 01/14/2014


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.”  Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU Alumni, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004-2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. 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 exhibited his poetry at the 2011 TedX Nashville Conference. His next book, Olio, will be published by Wave Press in Spring of 2016. Jess is an Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island.

Twitter Username: @TyehimbaJess


  • Asst. Professor at College of Staten Island, CUNY (August 2009 - January 2012)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Poetry