Kevin Coval

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General Information

Name: Kevin Coval

Pen Name: None

Genres: Poetry





Illinois Connection

Kevin Coval lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Coval rose to Chicago fame as the Artistic Director and co-founder of the teen poetry slam program, Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Teen Poetry Festival, but earned national recognition in 2011 when Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel released a documentary about the program under the same name, to critical acclaim and a featured slot on the OWN network.

A regular contributor to WBEZ Chicago Public Radio and a four-time HBO Def Poet, Coval is former poet-in-residence at The Jane Addams' Hull House Museum and is currently faculty at The School of the Art Institute. He has taught creative writing and spoken-word performance workshops in Chicago high schools for over ten years. Coval has performed at hundreds of universities, high schools, synagogues, and theaters in seven countries on four continents.

Along with the books he has written, Coval also edited The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop with Quraysh Ali Lansana and Nate Marshall.

Published Works

  • Slingshots , EM Press, 2005
  • Everyday People, EM Press, 2008
  • L-vis Lives!: Racemusic Poems, Haymarket Books, 2011
  • Schtick, Haymarket Books, 2013

Titles at Your Library

Slingshots (A Hip-Hop Poetica)

ISBN: 0970801246
Release Date: 2005-11-10

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Literary Awards

ALA "Book of the Year" finalist, Slingshots: A Hip-Hop Poetica

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

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External Links

Kevin Coval on WorldCat


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