Tyehimba Jess & Aricka Foreman to Read Dec.14

Join the Poetry Center of Chicago at City Lit for the December installment of the Six Points Reading Series!

In 2016 we continue to move to a variety of rotating locations throughout Chicago, and we’re grateful for the community partnerships we’ve been able to develop as a result of this. As always, our readings are free and open to the public.

This month we are pleased to welcome Tyehimba Jess and Aricka Foreman. Curated and hosted by Natasha Mijares. RSVP via our Facebook event here.

Six Points December Reading:
Tyehimba Jess & Aricka Foreman

Wednesday December 14
City Lit Bookstore
6:30 – 7:30

Detroit native TYEHIMBA JESS’ first book of poetry, leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. The 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. Olio, his second collection, was released from Wave Books in April 2016. Jess is an Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island.

ARICKA FOREMAN’s chapbook Dream with a Glass Chamber was released by YesYes Books in 2016. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Drunken Boat, Torch Poetry: A Journal for African American Women, Minnesota Review, Union Station Magazine, Vinyl Poetry, RHINO, shufPoetry, Day One, and Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation (Viking Penguin), among others. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem and the Callaloo Writers Workshop, and is the Enumerate Editor for The Offing.

Books available for sale following the reading.



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.