Individual Author Record
Name: Tyehimba JessPen Name: None Genre: C:ADULT History Non-Fiction Poetry Born: Detroit, Michigan Sites:
Illinois ConnectionJess graduated from the University of Chicago and taught at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
Biographical and Professional InformationTyehimba 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. 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' fiction and poetry have appeared in many journals, as well as anthologies such as ''Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry'', ''Beyond 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'', ''Slam: The Art of Performance Poetry''.Jess has taught at the Juilliard School, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island in New York.
*''LeadBelly: Poems'', Wave Books, 2005*''Olio'', Wave Books, 2016