The 21st Show

Interview: Tyehimba Jess, Pulitzer Prize winning Poet

Tyehimba Jess

Tyehimba Jess

Pulitzer Prize winning poet Tyehimba Jess has deep roots to Illinois. He’s a graduate of the University of Chicago, a two-time member of the Chicago Green Mill Slam team, he was Chicago’s Poetry Ambassador to Accra, Ghana, he taught for four years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is now the poet in residence there. Tyehimba's work has won numerous awards including a Pulitzer Prize for his 2016 book of poetry Olio.

To speak more about the power of poetry and African-American history, The 21st spoke to the Pulitzer Prize winning poet. 


Tyehimba Jess, Pulitzer Prize winning poet and currently the poet-in-residence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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