Olio Author Tyehimba Jess
ISBN-10 1940696208
ISBN-13 9781940696201
Year 2016-04-05
Pages 256
Language English
Publisher Wave Books
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WINNER OF 2017 PULITZER PRIZE IN POETRY WINNER OF ANISFIELD WOLF AWARD IN POETRY WINNER OF SOCIETY OF MIDLAND AUTHORS AWARD IN POETRY BLACK CAUCUS OF AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO PUBLISHING CITATION 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for poetry 2017 PEN Jean Stein Book Award finalist 2017 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award finalist Named a top poetry book of spring 2016 by Library JournalPart fact part fiction Tyehimba Jess s much anticipated second book weaves sonnet song and narrative to examine the lives of mostly unrecorded African American performers directly before and after the Civil War up to World War I Olio is an effort to understand how they met resisted complicated co opted and sometimes defeated attempts to minstrelize them So while I lead this choir I still find thatI m being led I m a missionarymending my faith in the midst of this flock I toil in their fields of praise When folks seethese freedmen stand and sing they hear their Godspeak in tongues These nine dark mouths sing shelter they echo a hymn s haven from slavery s weather Detroit native Tyehimba Jess isa 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 Jess is also 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 is an Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island

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