Sep 18, 2018, 6:00 pm



North Region


St. Joseph Catholic High School
1790 Lake St
Ogden , UT 84401-3016
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Weber State University presents Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Tyehimba Jess at St. Joseph Catholic High School on Tuesday, September 18th (Reception at 6:00 PM and reading at 7:00 PM).

With ambitious manipulations of poetic forms, Tyehimba Jess presents the sweat and story behind America’s blues, worksongs and church hymns. Part fact, part fiction, Jess's second book Olio 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 won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry, and received 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.

Jess received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a 2000–2001 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship in 2018. Jess is a Professor of English at College of Staten Island.

This event was made possible with support from Weber State University, St. Joseph Catholic High School, Weber Book Links, and Utah Humanities.