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Highlighter: Tyehimba Jess

Welcome to “The Highlighter,” where we’ll be exploring the various new and old services and resources available through the Falvey!


This evening, Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 7pm, Tyehimba Jess will give a reading and a talk at the Connolly Center as part of the annual Lit Fest. Jess hails from Detroit and has a BA in public policy from the University of Chicago as well as an MFA from New York University. An associate professor of poetry and fiction at CUNY: Staten Island, Jess has also found the time to publish two acclaimed poetry collections and appear on such prestigious broadcasts as NPR and TED.

I personally admire Jess’ impassioned and matter-of-fact style of speaking as well as his ability to talk about complex social and literary issues in a clear and approachable way. Don’t just take my word for it though! Take a look at the the resources assembled below and be sure to confirm your opinion by seeing Jess here on campus tonight!

Jess poses for a portrait. More information on his event available here.

Jess’ Collections at Falvey

TED Talk – Jess talks conjoined twins and conjoined sonnets

NPR – Jess talks minstrel shows and his collection Olio

Jess’ publications in Ploughshares, “freedom” and “out

Lit Hub Interview


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