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Writers on Greenwood: Clemonce Heard & Tyehimba Jess

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Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm
OSU-Tulsa Auditorium
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The Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa is celebrating its fifth annual Writers on Greenwood event November 4th, 2021 with special guests, poets Clemonce Heard and Tyehimba Jess. The event will take place at the OSU-Tulsa Auditorium.

5 p.m. - Craft Talk  

Join us for a craft talk for writers with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tyehimba Jess. Registration required.

Register for Craft Talk

7:30 p.m. - Public Reading & Discussion with poets Clemonce Heard and Tyehimba Jess. Book signing to follow.

This reading and conversation, to take place at the OSU-Tulsa auditorium, is free and open to the public. Masks are expected and vaccination for all attendees is strongly advised. Fulton Street Books will have books available for purchase and signing. 

Reception to follow at the Greenwood Gallery, sponsored by the Bob Dylan Center.

About Tyehimba Jess: Pultizer Prize winner Tyehimba Jess is a genre-bending poet who artfully combines slam and blues traditions and explores African American history in his two poetry collections, LEADBELLY and OLIO. OLIO, the winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, is inspired by the lives of African American musicians and performers. Clemonce Heard's debut, TRAGIC CITY, is inspired by the Tulsa Race Massacre and has won the Anhinga Robert Dana Prize.

About Clemonce Heard: Clemonce Heard was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the winner of the 2020 Anhinga Robert Dana Prize, selected by Major Jackson. His poetry collection, TRAGIC CITY, which investigates the events of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, is forthcoming from Anhinga Press in October 2021. Heard’s work has appeared or is forthcoming from Obsidian, The Missouri Review, Cimarron Review, Iron Horse, World Literature Today, Poetry, Rattle, Ruminate, and elsewhere. He earned an MFA in creative writing from Oklahoma State University. Heard was a recipient of a 2018-2019 Tulsa Artist Fellowship and was the 2019-2020 Ronald Wallace Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently lives in San Antonio, Texas, and serves as the Sala Diaz artist-in-residence.

Writers on Greenwood is an annual series that adds to the cultural life of Tulsa in service to the outreach mission of OSU, engaging voices from the community and striving for greater inclusivity in the literary arts.

Funding for this program is provided in part by a grant from Oklahoma Humanities (OH) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of OH or NEH.

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