Jamila Woods

Jamila Woods


Jamila Woods is an award-winning poet and singer/songwriter whose inspirations include Gwendolyn Brooks, Toni Morrison, Erykah Badu, and Kendrick Lamar. A vital part of the creative artist community in her native Chicago, she has raised her profile through collaborations with the likes of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Chance the Rapper. After she graduated from Brown University, she returned home and formed the self-termed “adventure soul” duo Milo & Otis, aka M&O. The duo released The Joy (2012) and Almost Us (2014), the former featuring an appearance from Chance the Rapper. Woods and Chance reconnected on “Sunday Candy,” a highlight from Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment’s Surf (2015). HEAVN, Woods’ highly anticipated debut album, was released in July 2016 to rave reviews. In May 2019, Woods released LEGACY! LEGACY!, her second solo album.

Buy Jamila Woods’ latest album, Legacy! Legacy!, on Amazon.

Events with Jamila Woods

[CANCELED] Radical Poetry: Danez Smith and Jamila Woods

06 May 2020
7:00 pm-8:30 pm
The Greene Space at WNYC
44 Charlton Street
New York, NY 10014

[CANCELED] PEN Lounge with Host Mahogany L. Browne

06 May 2020
9:30 pm-10:30 pm
45 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012

The live events of the 2020 World Voices Festival have been canceled due to concerns about the safety of participants and audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In early May, we launched the 2020 digital World Voices Festival at pen.org/worldvoicesdigital. This ongoing digital version of the Festival includes a suite of podcasts, videos, interviews, and musical playlists, with live events and other features to be rolled out over the coming weeks. We hope this digital content brings you joy during a time of uncertainty.

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