Wednesday, August 29, 7:30 PM
Greenlight Poetry Salon
Hosted by Angel Nafis
Featuring poets Tyehimba Jess and Elana Bell
Wine reception to follow
Created by Greenlight’s own Angel Nafis, Greenlight Bookstore’s quarterly poetry series, the Greenlight Poetry Salon, welcomes locally and nationally celebrated poets.
Tyehimba Jess's first book of poetry, leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. His numerous awards include a Whiting Award, fellowships from the NEA, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Illinois Arts Council; the 2001 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Award, and the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award. He holds degrees from New York University and the University of Chicago. A native of Detroit, Jess is also a proud alumnus of the Chicago Green Mill Slam teams and Cave Canem. His first non-fiction book, African American Pride: Celebrating our Achievements, Contributions, and Legacy, was published by Citadel Press in 2003. He teaches at CUNY College of Staten Island.
Elana Bell's first collection of poetry, Eyes, Stones was selected by Fanny Howe as the winner of the 2011 Walt Whitman Award and was published by Lousiana State University Press in 2012. Elana is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, the AROHO Foundation, and the Drisha Institute. Her work has recently appeared in Harvard Review, Massachusetts Review, CALYX Journal, and elsewhere. Elana has led creative writing workshops for women in prison, for educators, for high school students in Israel, Palestine and throughout the five boroughs of New York City, as well as for the pioneering peace building and leadership organization, Seeds of Peace. She currently serves as the writer-in-residence for the Bronx Academy of Letters and lives in Brooklyn, New York.