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Tyehimba Jess

Poetry

Interviewed by: Glenn North

Catalog Number: 20190510

Tyehimba Jess, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry reads from his multi-award winning Olio at the Kansas City Public Library, during his 2019 visit to the Unesco Creative City of Music. The book delves into the voices of African American creatives in the 19th and early 20th century, allowing them to engage with each other in ways not possible in history. Jess is also interviewed by the Poet Laureate of Kansas City's 18th and Vine Jazz District, Glenn North. Listen to this conversation about poetic form, music and the legacy of African American poetry and history with Tyehimba Jess, who is also the author of Leadbelly.

| Subject Matter: Music, African-American History, Mark Twain, Cave Canem, black poetry, race, sonnets, Gwendolyn Brooks | Interview Year: 2019 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Whiting Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, Lannan Literary Award |

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