May’s honors and awards include a Spirit of Detroit Award, an Indiana Review Poetry Prize, and fellowships from Cave Canem, Bread Loaf,The Frost Place, the Lannan Foundation, and the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University. He is the 2014–2016 Kenyon Review Fellow at Kenyon College and a recipient of the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in Italy.
May has taught poetry in Detroit public schools and worked as a freelance sound engineer. He has taught in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program and codirects, with Tarfia Faizullah, the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook and Video Series.
Audio & PodcastsThe Poetry Magazine Podcast
April 2013: Goodbye, Luck
Poems from Gwyneth Lewis, J.T. Barbarese, Jamaal May, Anna Maria Hong; plus Marjorie Perloff with advice for poets.
Jamaal May questions the value of work when working a job that returns little value. Produced by David Schulman.