jubilat / Jones Poetry Series

This series showcases established and emerging poets in a number of readings each year. All events are free and open to the public.

Next Event

Sunday, October 23, 2016
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

An informal Q & A session will follow the reading.

Featured Poets

  • Tyehimba Jess
  • Camille Rankine

About the Poets

  • Detroit native Tyehimba Jess’ first book of poetry, leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series.  Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.” Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU alumnus, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004-2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Jess is also a veteran of the 2000 and 2001 Green Mill Poetry Slam Team, and won a 2000 – 2001 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and a 2006 Whiting Fellowship. He exhibited his poetry at the 2011 TEDxNashville Conference. Olio, his second collection, was published by Wave Books in April 2016. Jess is an Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island.
  • Camille Rankine's first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses, was published by Copper Canyon Press in January 2016. She is also the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America's 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship. The recipient of a 2010 "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize and a finalist for The Poetry Foundation's 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship, she was featured as an emerging poet in the fall 2010 issue of American Poet and the April 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including American Poet, The Baffler, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, Narrative, Paper Darts, A Public Space and Tin House. Camille earned her BA from Harvard University, and her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony and was named an Honorary Cave Canem fellow in 2012. She serves on the Executive Committee of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and the Board of Trustees of The Poetry Project, and co-chairs the Brooklyn Book Festival Poetry Committee. She was a visiting professor at University of Massachusetts - Amherst's MFA for Poets and Writers in 2016, and lives in New York City.
Read a brief history of this series.

If you have questions, please call the jubilat office at 413-577-1064.

The jubilat / Jones Poetry Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, jubilat literary journal, and the Juniper Initiative of the UMass MFA Program for Poets and Writers. It is also supported in part by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.