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Tyehimba Jess Free One Day Only Staff Pick

When: Thu., Nov. 1, 12:10 p.m. 2018
LunchPoems.Berkeley.edu
Take a midday break at this once-a-month noontime reading series tucked into a cozy corner of UC Berkeley’s campus. Tyehimba Jess, author of leadbelly and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning book of poetry, Olio, will be November’s featured lunchtime reader. Jess, a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow and professor of English at the College of Staten Island in New York City, is a rare talent who is able to straddle the line between academic and slam poetry, giving us the best of both worlds in his work. Lunch Poems, which was founded by Robert Hass and is partially supported by Poets & Writers, Inc., takes its name from Frank O’Hara’s book of poetry published by City Lights in 1964. O’Hara is said to have written many of the breezy, spontaneous poems over his lunch break. On Thursday, you can expect a lively and captivating hour with the poet before returning to your regularly scheduled work day. May you be just as inspired during yours.
— Beatrice Kilat

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