Kevin Coval is a poet and community builder. As the artistic director of Young Chicago Authors, founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, and professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago—where he teaches hip-hop aesthetics—he’s mentored thousands of young writers, artists and musicians.
He is the author and editor of several books, including A People's History of Chicago, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Schtick, and co-author of the play, This is Modern Art. His work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, The Drunken Boat, Chicago Tribune, CNN, Fake Shore Drive, Huffington Post, and four seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam.
March 29th, 2017 | Season 1 | 39 mins 19 secs
chicago, hiphop, lyrics, poetry
Kevin Coval is the Founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival and the Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors. He's also the author and editor of several books including The BreakBeat Poets. His latest book of poetry, A People's History of Chicago, explores the city's various neighborhoods and will be released in April 2017 by Haymarket Press. Arthur sat down with Kevin at his home on Chicago's northwest side to talk about the new book and, well, hip hop.