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SPD is incredibly proud to announce that authors Tyehimba Jess and Srikanth Reddy have won 2018 Guggenheim Fellowships.
 
Since 1925, Guggenheim Fellowships have been awarded to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

You can see all the 2018 Guggenheim Fellows here
 

 

Olio
(Wave Books, 2016)
By Tyehimba Jess

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 much anticipated second book 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 is an effort to understand how they met, resisted, complicated, co-opted, and sometimes defeated attempts to minstrelize them.


leadbelly
(Verse Press/Wave Books, 2005)
By Tyehimba Jess

This gripping collection examines the life and times of the legendary blues musician Lead Belly from a variety of intimate perspectives, using a range of innovative poetic forms. A biography in poems, LEADBELLY becomes a collage of song, culture and circumstance, alive and speaking. "This is one of the most powerful exchanges between poetry and history that I have read."—Toi Derricotte

 

 Conversities
(1913 Press, 2012)
By Srikanth Reddy and Dan Beachy-Quick

 "The written 'I' is famously slippery, and never more than in this seamless collaboration that places the pronoun's definition at its constantly decentered center. In four distinct sections, all perfecting a language rich in intriguing specifics and delightfully sharp surprises, the collection shows two contemporary masters in a brand new light, creating a new 21st century poet right on the spot, and one with a particularly promising and important voice."—Cole Swensen

Congratulations to all the 2018 Fellows!

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