On Wednesday, November 2nd, the Akron-Summit County Public Library hosted poet Jamaal May. Y’all have probably noticed my love for May’s work from my post a few months ago about his newest collection, The Big Book of Exit Strategies. Needless to say, I was really, really excited to meet May, and so fortunate for our library for bringing him.
At the event, May did a beautiful job reading his work. I was glad to hear the phobia poems in Hum out loud, as well as the poems “Shift,” and “The Gun Joke,” among others. During the Q&A, I loved hearing May’s thoughts about the use of humor in poetry, how to edit poems, and how to slow down and make time for your work during a busy schedule. The event was super inspiring, and May even signed a test I had laying in my purse because I’d forgotten my copy of Hum at home.
Huge thank you to the ASCPL, as well as May for spending time with Akron!