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Jamaal May
Jamaal May is a poet, editor, and educator from Detroit, MI where he taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer and touring performer. He is the author of Hum (Alice James Books, Nov 2013), winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award, and two poetry chapbooks (The God Engine... show more

Jamaal May is a poet, editor, and educator from Detroit, MI where he taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer and touring performer. He is the author of Hum (Alice James Books, Nov 2013), winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award, and two poetry chapbooks (The God Engine and The Whetting of Teeth). His poems have been published widely in journals such as POETRY, Ploughshares, The Believer, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, and New England Review. Honors include the 2011-13 Stadler Fellowship from The Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University, the 2013 Indiana Review Poetry Prize, and scholarships and fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Cave Canem and Callaloo. In addition to being a finalist at several national and international poetry slams, he is a three-time Rustbelt Regional Slam champion and has been a member of six national poetry slam teams, including five from Detroit and one NYC LouderARTS team. A graduate of Warren Wilson's MFA program for writers, Jamaal has served as Associate Editor of West Branch and is currently the series editor, graphic designer and filmmaker for the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook and Video Series. He teaches in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program.
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Garden-of-Stars
Garden-of-Stars rated it 6 years ago
Sometimes you read such a good poetry collection that you wish you could pull specific fragments and words from it and form a necklace out of them that you'd wear daily, proudly showing it off to everyone on the street so that they, too, can run and read it from curiosity. May has exceeded his own m...
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learn by going rated it 6 years ago
I stumbled across May's work hunting around for spring-themed poems on poetryfoundation.org to use in my class and instantly fell in love. I ordered Hum and have been leisurely enjoying it, sometimes reading a poem or two at a time, sometimes a chunk of poems. There isn't a poem in this book I don't...
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