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A biography in poems, leadbelly examines the life and times of the legendary blues musician from a variety of intimate perspectives and using a range of innovative poetic forms. A collage of song, culture, and circumstance, alive and speaking. 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. https://publish.illinois.edu/yearofcreativewriters/featured-writers/bio-tyehimba-jess/ We will have limited autographed bookplates for these books--first come, first serve.