Tyehimba Jess Visits Wellington High

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Javier Sarache Jr, Multimedia Editor

Wellington High School was honored to get a visit from poet Tyehimba Jess on Friday, January 25th.

The audience at Wellington High consisted of aspiring writers and poets hoping to learn from Jess and his accomplishments. Jess is a unique poet who takes part in slam and academic poetry. His first collection, “leadbelly” , an exploration of the blues musician Huddie Ledbetter’s life, was chosen for the National Poetry Series by Brigit Pegeen Kelly, It was voted one of the top three poetry books of the year by Black Issues Book Review. Jess’s second book Olio received the Pulitzer Prize. Jess has taught at the Juilliard School, the University of Illinois, and at the College of Staten Island in New York City.

In addition, Jess received other prestigious rewards such as a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and a Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Award. Jess has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, as well as a Lannan Writing Residency.