Jamaal May


Jamaal May was born in 1982 in Detroit, Michigan, where he taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer. His first book, Hum (Alice James Books, 2013), received the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award, Foreword Review’s Book of the Year Silver Medal, and an NAACP Image Award nomination, as well as being named one of The Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2013. May’s honors include the Spirit of Detroit Award, The J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry, as well as fellowships from Rose O’Neil Literary House, Lannan Foundation, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy. Recent work appears in NYTimes.com, The New RepublicPoetry Daily, and Ploughshares. Several of his poems have been anthologized, and he is currently a Kenyon Review Fellow and co-directs Organic Weapon Arts.