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.


  • June 2019 Winners

    • First Place

      Song for Picnic Ants
      by Andrew Dufresne
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Second Place

      Fragile
      by Kendall Witherspoon
      The Waters

      Third Place

      Good Friday, St. Peter’s Anglican, The East Bronx
      by Christine Potter
      The Waters

  • May 2019 Winners

    • First Place

      I think of the colour purple
      by Alison Armstrong-Webber
      The Waters

      Second Place

      Swimming in Twilight
      by Peter Halpin
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Third Place

      In another country with strangers
      by Greta Bolger
      The Waters