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Meet Kevin Coval



Date, Location

  • Monday, June 22, 2015
  • 2 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Central Library
  • Free event; open to the public
  • Audience: Tween/Teen through adult

Poet - Author - Educator - Organizer

Kevin Coval is the author of numerous poetry collections and chapbooks, including the American Library Association Book-of-the-Year finalist Slingshots: A Hip-Hop Poetica and most recently, L-vis Lives! Racemusic Poems, described by Impose magazine as a “stunning, and very personal, piece of literary work that should be required reading in every high school in America.”

Kevin’s return to KPL will include a poetry workshop and performance.

Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival

In his early twenties, Coval founded “Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival,” now one of the largest youth gatherings on the planet and the subject of an award-winning documentary. Coval currently serves as Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors, the non-profit home of Louder Than a Bomb, and numerous other youth writing and hip hop programs. He is a native of Chicago and teaches at the School of the Art Institute and is a frequent contributor to WBEZ: Chicago Public Radio.

Kevin Coval is the poet the Chicago Tribune called “the voice of the new Chicago” and who the Boston Globe says is “the city’s unofficial poet laureate.” Coval won a New Voices/New Visions award from the Kennedy Center for a play co-authored with Idris Goodwin about graffiti writers called, This is Modern Art, that will premiere in the winter of 2015 at Steppenwolf Theater. His latest poetry anthology, The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket) is out now.  

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