Kevin Coval


A regular contributor to Chicago Public Radio, and a four-time HBO Def Poet, Kevin Coval is an educator, poet and the author of “L-Vis Lives!: Racemusic Poems,” a collection of poems that chases after art, theft and race. He is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of Louder Than a Bomb, the world’s largest youth slam poetry competition, which is based in Chicago and featured in the stirring documentary of the same title produced for the Oprah Winfrey Network. He teaches at the School of the Art Institute and in high schools around Chicago.

Kevin Coval has won praise from Studs Terkel to Mos Def for his work, and he came highly recommended by Idris Goodwin and Adam Mansbach, who has gotten stingy with the blurbs. He promises to put on a show at the 2012 Crossroads Writers Conference, October 5-7, at the Macon Convention Center and Marriott City Center Hotel.

Check out what the fuss is about:

Kevin’s website

Performing at Arts Alliance Illinois

Louder Than a Bomb, the documentary

On HBO’s Def Poetry (w/ Dave Chappelle and Amiri Baraka) – “Family Feud”

Chicago Tribune review of “L-Vis Lives”

Reading “All the pharoahs must fall” 

Order “L-Vis Lives” at Haymarket Books

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