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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Roger Bonair-Agard  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Trinidad

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Illinois Connection

Bonair-Agard lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Roger Bonair-Agard is a Cave Canem fellow and two-time National Poetry Slam Champion. He has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and PBS NewsHour. He is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of the LouderARTS Project. The writer-in-residence with Vision Into Art and poet-in-residence with Young Chicago Authors, Bonair-Agard also teaches poetry at the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Facility in Chicago. His book, ''Bury My Clothes'', was a long-list finalist for a National Book Award.

Published Works

    Bury My Clothes, Haymarket Books , 2013Gully, Cypher Books , 2011Tarnish and Masquerade, Rattapallax Press , 2007Burning Down the House: Selected Poems from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe's National Poetry Slam Champions, CreateSpace, 2003 - written with Stephen Colman, Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, Alix Olson and Lynne

Selected Titles At Your Library

Bury my clothes /
ISBN: 1608462692. OCLC Number:

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"Bury My Clothes is a meditation on violence, race, and the place in art at which they intersect. Art-specifically in oppressed communities-is about survival, Roger Bonair-Agard asserts, and establishing personhood in a world that says you have none. Through poetry, we transform both the world of art and the world itself"--

Gully /
ISBN: 0981913156. OCLC Number:

Cypher Books,. New York, N.Y. :. ©2010.

Tarnish and masquerade /
ISBN: 1892494698. OCLC Number:

Cypher Books,. New York :. 2006.

Burning down the house :
ISBN: 1887128484. OCLC Number:

Soft Skull ;. New York :. 2000.

Speaking Engagements

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