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"With ambitious manipulations of poetic forms, Jess presents the sweat and story behind America's blues, worksongs and church hymns." Born in Detroit, poet Tyehimba Jess earned his BA from the University of Chicago and his MFA from New York University. He is the author of leadbelly (2005) and Olio (2016), winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Event: April 7 12pm and April 8 7pm https://calendars.illinois.edu/detail/6589/33386798 A Year of Creative Writers Poet-in-Residence, Pulitzer Prize winner Tyehimba Jess, will read from his work. This virtual event is free and open to the public. https://publish.illinois.edu/yearofcreativewriters/featured-writers/bio-tyehimba-jess/ We will have limited autographed bookplates for these books--first come, first serve.