SPD is so proud to announce that Tyehimba Jess' Olio (Wave Books, 2016) has won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, an unprecedented, tremendous and wonderful event for small presses, and small press poetry. Huge congratulations to him, as well as Wave Books for this achievement.
(Wave Books, 2016)
By Tyehimba Jess
"Encyclopedic, ingenious, and abundant, this outsized second volume from Jess (Leadbelly) celebrates the works and lives of African-American musicians, artists, and orators who predated the Harlem Renaissance." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Olio is one of the most inventive, intensive poetic undertakings of the past decade...Through photos, drawings, interviews, foldouts, tables, facts, fictions, and yes, so many strong poems ... Olio assembles and raises the voices of an essential chorus: "Listen to how we sing while we/ promises unto ourselves not to die."" -- The Boston Globe