Traveling Mollys (Reading Series and Literary Open Mic)

7:00 pm

Every Second Monday from

May 9, 2016


December 17, 2017

   Tyehimba Jess is the author of Leadbelly and Olio.  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.”  Olio, published in 2016, was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN Jean Stein Book Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.  Olio won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.  Olio has been called “Encyclopedic, ingenious, and abundant…” by Publisher’s Weekly’s starred review, and was selected as one of the five best poetry books of 2016.
     Jess is a veteran of the 2000 and 2001 Green Mill Poetry Slam Team, and won a 2000 – 2001 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and a 2006 Whiting Fellowship. He exhibited his poetry at the 2011 TedX Nashville Conference and won a 2016 Lannan Literary Award in Poetry.