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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kevin Coval  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born:


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E-Mail: -- kc@kevincoval.com


Illinois Connection

Coval lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kevin 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 [http://www.amazon.com/BreakBeat-Poets-American-Poetry-Hip-Hop/dp/1608463958/ref=la_B0058UIBU8_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426270276&sr=1-1 ''The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop''] with Quraysh Ali Lansana and Nate Marshall.


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Selected Titles At Your Library

A people's history of Chicago /
ISBN: 160846671X. OCLC Number: 959034944

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Coval's poems celebrate the history of Chicago from the perspective of those on the margins, those whose stories often go untold. In doing so he honors the everyday lives and enduring resistance of the city's workers, poor people, and people of color, whose cultural and political revolutions continue to shape the social landscape.

Everyday people :
ISBN: 0970801270. OCLC Number: 268782887

EM Press,. .

L-vis lives! :
ISBN: 9781608461516. OCLC Number: 769189411

Haymarket Books,. .

FROM THE POET the Chicago Tribune calls the new voice of Chicago, comes L-vis Lives!, a bold new collection of poetry and prose exploring the collision of race, art, and appropriation in American culture. L-vis is an imagined persona, a representation of artists who have used and misused Black music. Like so many others who gained fame and fortune from their sampling, L-vis is as much a sincere artist as he is a thief. In Kevin Coval's poems, L-vis' story is equal parts forgotten history, autobiography, and re-imaginings. We see shades of Elvis Presley, the Beastie Boys, and Eminem, and meet some of history's more obscure whiteboy heroes and anti-heroes: legendary breakdancers, political activists, and music impresarios. A story of both artistic theft and radical invention, L-vis Lives! is a poetic novella on all of the possibilities and problems of post-racial American culture-where Black art is still at times only fully accepted in a white face, and every once in a while an L-vis comes along to step in to the void. i am a hero to most. the great hope of something other. a complex back-story. something other than the business of my father. Bland's antonym. jim crow's black sheep. the forgotten son left to rise in the darkness among the dis carded in the wild of working class, single mother hoods. a hero who transcends who translates the dis satisfactions of the plains; kids of kurt cobain, method man amphetamine, the odd Iowan who digs dirt and lights beyond the pig yard, spits nebraskan argot, hero to the heart land, middle brow(n) america --

Schtick :
ISBN: 1608462706. OCLC Number: 841910107

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[Poems form] a tale of Jewish assimilation and its discontents: a sweeping exposition on Jewish American culture in all its bawdy, contradictory, inventive, glory. Exploring -- in his own family and in culture and politics at large -- how Jews have shed their minority status in the United States, poet Kevin Coval show us a people's transformation out of diaspora, landing on bothe sides of the color line--From back cover.

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ISBN: 0970801246. OCLC Number: 65219313

EM Press,. .

"Chicago poet Coval, an HBO Def Poet, grapples with questions of identity and compassion. He writes of latchkeys marooned in front the television at home and menaced by violence at school. Assessing his own Jewish heritage in Pieces of Shalom, he wants to turn my mind on the divine/without historical frustration. Vehemently condemning hypocrisy, Coval echoes Allen Ginsberg in his spiritual revolt, cosmic vision, and longing for multicultural transcendence. In boldly beautiful and outspoken hip-hop manifestos, he forges links among all Diaspora people, citing Dick Gregory and Lenny Bruce, picturing Jack Robinson breaking the color line on the first night of Passover in 1947, and recognizing that davening worshippers in a synagogue are experiencing the same energy and ecstasy he experiences when enthralled by hip-hop. Potent metaphors, muscular turns of phrase, a keen political conscience, and a Studs Terkelesque openness to humankind's countless stories fuel Coval's percussive calls for compassion and connection. Accompanied by a CD and graced with cover art by the incomparable Tony Fitzpatrick, this is one potent and positive debut. --Donna Seaman, Copyright 2006 Booklist."