Tyehimba Jess

Judged: Jul-Sep 2011

Tyehimba Jess

Tyehimba Jess is the author of Leadbelly, winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. He has also won a Whiting Award, a Lannan Foundation Residency Award, a Fine Arts Work Center Winter Residency, a National Endowment for the Arts Award. He is an alumni of Cave Canem and New York University. He is currently Assistant Professor of English at College of Staten Island.


  • May 2018 Winners

    • First Place

      A Brief History of Rain
      by Antonia Clark
      The Waters

      Second Place

      Oklahoma
      by Dale Patterson
      The Writer's Block

      Third Place

      Driving Home From Santa Rosa
      by Andrew Dufresne
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Honorable Mention

      Trans-figuration
      by Guy Kettelhack
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Honorable Mention

      The Photograph
      by Jim Doss
      Wild Poetry Forum

  • April 2018 Winners

    • First Place

      (how to lose at) Kimberly’s Game
      by John Wilks
      The Write Idea

      Second Place

      A Legacy of Sorts
      by Paul A. Freeman
      The Write Idea

      Third Place

      Waiting for a bus at Armarnath Temple
      by Ieuan ap Hywel
      The Wriiter's Block