Contemporary Conversations this April with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Tyehimba Jess

Join Pulitzer Prize-winner, fiction and poetry author Tyehimba Jess, on April 27 at 5:30pm at Gaithersburg Library for a Contemporary Conversation to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Jess will discuss his work as a poet and fiction writer. Jess is the author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly  and Olio. (Borrow Leadbelly in our catalog.) Olio won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry and an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. It was also nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN Jean Stein Book Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.  Leadbelly was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.” Jess’ fiction and poetry have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, Beyond the Frontier: African American Poetry for the Twenty-First Century, and Slam: The Art of Performance Poetry.

The program will take place at the Gaithersburg Library and it will also be offered via live streaming.

For registration to attend the program IN-PERSON at the Gaithersburg Library, please register via the REGISTER button. Seating is limited. 

For registration to attend the program via LIVE STREAMING from anywhere, please click HERE.

Registrants for both in-person and via live streaming venues will receive further information as the date for the program approaches.

After the presentation, there will be a reception with appetizers. During the reception, Jess will be signing some of his books. Books will be available at the event for purchase from the Friends of the Library Montgomery County.

The Contemporary Conversations series is co-sponsored by Friends of the Library Montgomery County (FOLMC) and the Literacy Council of Montgomery County (LCMC).


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