Jamaal May


Hamtramck, MI
Michigan US

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 & Prizes

Another and Another (Bull City Press, 2012)
Cave Canem XI (Cave Canem, 2007)
10 X 10 Anthology (Cave Canem, 2006)
Hum (Alice James Books, 2013)
The God Engine (Pudding House Press, 2009)
Atlanta Review
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Kenyon Review
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Mead: The Magazine of Literature & Libations
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Minnesota Review
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Poetry Magazine
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Sixers Review
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Spoon River Poetry Review
The Believer Magazine
The Drunken Boat
Verse Daily
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 update: Sep 20, 2013