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.


  • February 2018 Winners

    • First Place

      Nebraska, Summer
      by Greta Bolger
      The Waters

      Second Place

      Goldback Fern
      by Bob Bradshaw
      The Writer's Block

      Third Place

      Negotiatin’ Wi Demons (For wee Rabbie Burns)
      by John J. Williamson
      PenShells

  • January 2018 Winners

    • First Place

      You Arrive Like Fall, Suddenly
      by Bob Bradshaw
      The Writer's Block

      Second Place

      Waiting for the Second Coming
      by Jim Doss
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Third Place

      Homeless
      by J.J. Williamson
      Babilu

      Honorable Mention

      When I Go Out and Then Come Back
      by Guy Kettelhack
      Wild Poetry Forum