Jamaal May

Detroit, MI 48212

Author's Bio

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. His first collection of poems, Hum (Alice James Books, 2013), won the Beatrice Hawley Award. Winner of the 2013 Indiana Review Poetry Prize, his work also appears in journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, the Believer, New England Review, and Kenyon Review. Jamaal has earned an MFA from Warren Wilson College as well as fellowships from Cave Canem and the Stadler Center for Poetry. He is founding editor, graphic designer, and filmmaker for the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook and Video Series and teaches in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program.

Publications and Prizes

(Alice James Books, 2013)
10 X 10 Anthology
(Cave Canem, 2006)
, Another and Another
(Bull City Press, 2012)
, Cave Canem XI
(Cave Canem, 2007)
Atlanta Review, Blackbird, Callaloo, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Kenyon Review, MacGuffin, Main Street Rag, Mead: The Magazine of Literature & Libations, Michigan Quarterly Review, Minnesota Review, Muzzle, New England Review, Pedestal Magazine, Ploughshares, Poetry Magazine, Sixers Review, Sou'wester, Southern Indiana Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Believer, Collagist, Cortland Review, The Drunken Boat, Normal School, Verse Daily
The God Engine
(Pudding House Press, 2009)
Prizes Won: 
2013 Indiana Review Prize for Poetry 2012 Beatrice Hawley Award, 2011 Stadler Fellowship, 2010-12 Bread Loaf Conference Scholarship, International Publication Prize from Atlanta Review, 2010 Calalloo Fellowship, 2006-8 Cave Canem Fellowship,

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
allegiance by francine j. harris
Signaletics by Emilia Phillips
Night of the Republic by Alan Shapiro
Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins
Child of Nature by Luljeta Lleshanaku

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African American
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Detroit, MI
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Last updated: Sep 20, 2013