Tyehimba Jess worked on final revisions for his second book of poetry, Olio, for which he won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, and started his next project. His first book, Leadbelly, won the National Poetry Series in 2004.
Tyehimba Jess worked in the Sprague-Smith studio.
In January of 1976, the original Sprague-Smith Studio — built in 1915–1916 and funded by music students of Mrs. Charles Sprague-Smith of the Veltin School — was destroyed by fire. Redesigned by William Gnade, Sr., a Peterborough builder, the fieldstone structure was rebuilt the same year from the foundation up, reusing the original fieldstone. A few…