Tyehimba Jess, 29th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Tyehimba Jess

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Webb University Center - Newport News Room; Norfolk State University - Brown Hall/Brown Little Theater

Author/Artist Bio

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 received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004-5 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. He won a 2000-1 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry and the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award. Jess is an Assistant Professor of English at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Cave Canem fellow.


Jess read on Monday, October 16, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.


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