This chapbook, a selection of 14 poems from Jami Tillis' In Bold Blackness series, is 18 pages, 8.5 x 5.5", lovingly handbound with top quality off-cream card stock, black endpapers and white paper. The cover art is a detail of an Edward McKnight Kauffer illustration in the Borzoi Poe, as photographed by Steven Smith. Poems include "Couldn't Sleep," "This Is Gonna Hurt Me," "Cancer," I Should've Known Better," "Where's That Dress?," "If These Walls Could Talk," "Hotels," "Ode to Hip Hop" and more. Laser printed. ISBN: 978-1-940996-04-2. Approximately 60 copies in print. Published 31 January 2014.
In Bold Blackness: Selections by Jami Tillis is available for $5 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.
My name is Jami Tillis. I am 24 years old. I graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in May 2012. My field of study is Secondary Education with a concentration in English and history. In college, I belonged to a variety of groups—Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society, and Pi Alpha Theta History Honors Society.
I have a 6 year old daughter named Chayse who is my current inspiration for writing. All of my poetry and other written works are derived from real life experiences that I have witnessed and survived before and after she came along.
I am currently living in Chicago and working as a 5th and 6th grade Reading and Writing teacher in Chicago Public Schools.