About Tyehimba


"Interview: Tyehimba Jess," Breakwater Review

"The Unconventional Poetry Of Tyehimba Jess," NPR

"Tyehimba Jess on Excavating Popular Music Through Poetry," LitHub

"An Interview with Tyehimba Jess," Frontier Poetry

"Telling Two Stories in One Breath," The Fourth River


Praise for Olio

Historical personae has long proven to be a useful protest tool against oppression, and is, for this reason, not new to African-American poetry. Olio, though, is so ambitious, so relentless in its pursuit of the antebellum realities that remade our country; with its entrance into the canon we are jolted awake by a hundred alarms, a century’s racket.

Oxford American {find other Olio reviews}

Praise for leadbelly

these poems demand performance, recalling that space beyond the page: the stage. Jess has crafted this collection in the logic of its subject, that is, rhythm and performance, proving that a good poem—slam or not—neither needs nor abandons its poet once on the page.
— Publishers Weekly {find other leadbelly reviews}