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A day of celebration for small presses

The winners of the Pulitzer Prize were announced this week. The prize for poetry goes to Tyehimba Jess for the book, Olio. The book is described as astoundingly innovative, combining poems, songs, historical facts, fiction, interviews and tables to create a chorus of compelling voices — all singing praises for the countless African American performers whose contributions to minstrel shows of the late 1800s have been largely undocumented. 176 more words

Writing

Video: Tyehimba Jess reads "Negro Migration"

Tyehimba Jess, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for his collection Olio,  was born in Detroit and earned his BA from the University of Chicago and his MFA from New York University.   90 more words

Poetry

OLIO and Sweat Are Pulitzer Prize Winners

Even if you’re not an arts or literature aficionado, it’s likely you’ve heard of a little old prize called the Pulitzer. Going into its 101st year, the… 391 more words

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Life

TODAY'S RECOMMENDED BOOK: OLIO, BY TYEHIMBA JESS (2016)

Setting: Most of the lives Jess evokes unfolded in America between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of WWI.

Premise: This book is a celebration of the lives and works of several more or less obscure African-American artists and performers, through poetry and poem-like prose. 971 more words

Book Recommendation

Millie McKoy & Christine McKoy Recall Meeting Blind Tom, 1877 by Tyehimba Jess

*The McKoy Sisters (1851-1912), were conjoined twins. They met autistic pianist Blind Tom (1849-1908) in 1877.

Source: Brooklyn Magazine

Poetry