Tyehimba Jess, author of the National Poetry Series selection, "leadbelly," will give a public reading of his poetry in Brunswick on Thursday, September 7, 2006, at 7:30 p.m., on the Bowdoin campus in the Donald B. MacMillan House, 5 McKeen Street. The event, sponsored by From the Fishouse and Bowdoin's Office of Residential Life, is free and open to the public.
Brooklyn, New York, native Tyehimba Jess was recognized as one of 2005's eighteen debut poets to watch by "Poets & Writer's" magazine. His first book of poetry, "leadbelly" (Verse Press, 2005), was a National Poetry Series selection, and was voted one of three best poetry books of 2005 by "Black Issues Book Review." Jess is winner of many awards for his poetry, including the 2001 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Award, an Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship in Poetry for 2000-2001, and the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award. He was on the 2000 and 2001 Chicago Green Mill Slam teams, was a 2004-05 Winter Writing Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and received a 2005 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a member of the creative writing faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Copies of "leadbelly" are available at Gulf of Maine books on Maine Street in Brunswick, at the Bowdoin College Bookstore, and will be on sale at the event.