Jamaal May is the author of two chapbooks, The God Engine and The Whetting of Teeth. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. A graduate from Warren Wilson’s MFA program, Jamaal is a two-time finalist for the Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a two-time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, and three-time Rustbelt Poetry Slam Champion, with poems appearing in Callaloo, Indiana Review, and Blackbird, among other journals. For years he coached Detroit’s youth slam team and taught poetry in Detroit Public Schools. Currently, Jamaal is the 2011-2013 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University where he hosts a poetry slam, acts as associate editor for West Branch, and tweaks his first full-length manuscript, which was a finalist for The National Poetry Series as well as the Levis Prize from Four Way Books.
But wait – there’s more! Before we start the night with our open mic (followed, of course, by Jamaal’s sure-to-be-excellent feature), we’ll be holding a workshop, lead by Jamaal himself. Workshop from 5:30 – 6:30, then doors will open to the general public. Show starts at 7p.
To recap, workshop (5:30-6:30), open mic (starting at 7), Jamaal May features! (until we shut the place down). Doors at 6:30p, show at 7p, free and all ages. Donations accepted. Snacks! We’ll be at the WCUW Frontroom (910 Main Street, Worcester) – can’t wait to see you there!