Tag Archive | Hum

Hum for the Bolt

“Hum for the Bolt,” a poem by Jamaal May (poetry, ’11) appears online at Poetry.


It could of course be silk. Fifty yards or so
of the next closest thing to water to the touch,
or it could just as easily be a shaft of  woodcrumpling a man struck between spaulder and helm.
But now, with the rain making a noisy erasure
of this town, it is the flash that arrives

and leaves at nearly the same moment.  …[Keep Reading]…

Jamaal is the author of Hum (2013, Alice James Books).

An Interview with Jamaal May

Alumni Jamaal May (poetry, ’11) was recently interviewed for Michigan State University Public Radio.  Listen to the recording here.


Jamaal is the author of the poetry collection Hum, forthcoming in 2013 from Alice James Books.

Alumni Updates

Jamaal May (poetry ’11): Jamaal has won the Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books, for his poetry collection, Hum.  The award includes $2000 and publication in November 2013.  A selection of Jamaal’s published work is available on his personal website.

Jamaal is the third Warren Wilson MFA graduate to win the Beatrice Hawley award.  Reginald Dwayne Betts (poetry, ’10) received it for Shahid Reads His Own Palm (2010, Alice James) and Catherine Barnett (poetry, ’02 ) was awarded it for Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced (2004, Alice James).

Photo from JamaalMay.com