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Olio Part fact, part fiction, Tyehimba Jess s much anticipated second book weaves sonnet, song, and narrative to examine the lives of mostly unrecorded African American performers directly before and after the Civil War up to World War I Olio is an effort to understand how they met, resisted, complicated, co opted, and sometimes defeated attempts to minstrelize them So, while I lead this choir, I still find thatI m being led I m a missionarymending my faith in the midst of this flock I toil in their fields of praise When folks seethese freedmen stand and sing, they hear their Godspeak in tongues These nine dark mouths sing shelter they echo a hymn s haven from slavery s weatherDetroit native Tyehimba Jess first book of poetry, leadbelly, was a winner of theNational Poetry Series Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU Alumni, has received fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Jess is also a veteran of theandGreen Mill Poetry Slam Team He exhibited his poetry at theTEDxNashville Conference Jess is an Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island


About the Author: Tyehimba Jess

Tyehimba Jess is the author of leadbelly and the Pulitzer Prize winning Olio leadbelly was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the Best Poetry Books of 2005 Jess s second book, Olio, won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, the 2017 Anisfield Wolf Book Award in Poetry, and the 2017 Book Award for Poetry from the Society of Midland Authors It was also a finalist for the 2016 National Books Critics Circle Award, 2017 PEN Jean Stein Book Award, and the 2017 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award Library Journal called it a daring collection, which blends forthright, musically acute language with portraiture and Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, called it Encyclopedic, ingenious, and abundant and selected it as one of the five best poetry books of 2016.Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU alumnus, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004 2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Jess is also 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 TEDxNashville Conference Jess is the Poetry and Fiction Editor of the African American Review and is Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island.Jess fiction and poetry have appeared in anthologies such as Angles of Ascent A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, Beyond The Frontier African American Poetry for the Twenty First Century, Role Call A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art, Bum Rush the Page A Def Poetry Jam, Power Lines Ten Years of Poetry from Chicago s Guild Complex, Slam The Art of Performance Poetry His poetry has appeared in journals such as American Poetry Review, Brilliant Corners, Ploughshares, Obsidian III Literature in the African Diaspora, Warpland A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas, Mosaic, American Poetry Review, Indiana Review, Nashville Review and 580 Split.



10 thoughts on “Olio

  1. Brina Brina says:

    Olio can signify a mishmash of elements or variety of musical performance acts In the case of Tyehimba Jess ambitious volume of poetry which has won him the 2017 Pulitzer, Olio is miscellaneous recollections, which Jess has pieced together to give a voice to the early African Amer


  2. Steven Felicelli Steven Felicelli says:

    This is an overwhelming book Blind Boone Edmonia Lewis are two of the most powerful figures in narrative prose or poetry of the last hundred years Boone s inability to play Joplin s final outpouring note for note is a gut wrenching conceit for the inability to fully empathize with anothe


  3. Peter Landau Peter Landau says:

    History is important, but it takes poetry to bring the facts to life, especially when there are few details and no recordings How do you revive the musical birth of a nation when even wax cylinders weren t wasted in preserving the songs of the black musicians All we have are ministerial shows a


  4. Read By RodKelly Read By RodKelly says:

    10 Stars This book was overwhelmingly brilliant It is poetry, performance, history, prose, art, witness, confessionI could go on The sheer amount of care that went into the creation of this beautiful book is evidentit is impeccably researched and rendered Jess has excavated the unsung black heroes fro


  5. Ellie Ellie says:

    This is an amazing work I had to try twice before I was able to enter into it A compendium of sonnets and lyrical prose, a history of slavery and oppression and race relations or the cruelty that blacks have suffered but whose spirit was not broken , a series of interviews about Scott Joplin, and much about


  6. Samantha Samantha says:

    Hhhhhhhhholy crap, this is an ambitious and complex book Couple things I recommend reading Olio in as few sittings as possible, for maximum immersion in the history, characters, story I also highly recommend listening to Tyehimba Jess s appearance on the Commonplace podcast in close proximity to your reading of the


  7. Cade Miller Cade Miller says:

    Most of the poems, when experienced individually, aren t anything remarkable however, the project as a whole is impressive and certainly unique, combing removable foldouts, poems that can be read in several different ways, all sorts of visual poetry, some wonderful drawings and pictures, and faux interviews that are proba


  8. David David says:

    What part of me is mine that wasnot mined from the mind of poets,artists rewriting the past blowby blow till it s pulverized pastthe barely recognizable I was born when I was written,then hammered out of a mountain This is one of the best books I have ever read Apart from being one of the most ambitious volumes of poetry probabl


  9. Frank Privette Frank Privette says:

    This is a book of sonnets, stories and other assorted narrative tools about how African American performers fought against economic oppression by whites after the Civil War It s an insightful, difficult read, especially for a Latin American who has a very weak if any, except for understanding the logic of dominance and repression relat


  10. Dan Dan says:

    Olio is a unique mixture of history, fiction, poetry and data visualization and was written by Tyehimba Jess It won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2017 This polyphonic work loosely follows a dozen post civil war era African American entertainers and artists almost lost to history The great composer Scott Joplin figures prominently in severa


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