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.


  • November 2021 Winners

    • First Place

      Cycling Across t’Bridge
      by Ieaun ap Hywel
      The Writer's Block

      Second Place

      Now Hear the Word of the Lord
      by Jim Zola
      The Waters

      Third Place

      Opening the Letter
      by Jim Doss
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Honorable Mention

      Help Wanted
      by Mary MacGowan
      The Waters

      Honorable Mention

      Ode to a Hummingbird
      by RC James
      Babilu

      Honorable Mention

      Sizing Up
      by Paul A. Freeman
      The Write Idea

  • October 2021 Winners

    • First Place (Tie)

      Anna and the Scourge
      by RC James
      Babilu

      First Place (Tie)

      Mother Banana
      by Christina Vanthul
      Babilu

      Second Place

      Neighbors
      by Jim Doss
      Wild Poetry Forum