Chicago poet and co-founder of the largest teen youth poetry slam in the country, Kevin Coval's readings and performances of his first book of poems, Slingshots, is boldy beautiful with its hip-hop manifestos. Coval is one of the first poets to merge hip-hop and poetry into the slam discussion. He very well could be the Chicago heir to the Chicago legend Studs Terkel.
Kevin Coval co-founded Louder Than a Bomb, an annual poetry slam for teen spoken word poets throughout Chicago. Coval teaches writing within Chicago and travels the world to perform. Coval has won critical and popular praise for his poetry and journalism. Spoken word and hip-hop are similar in that they both derive from the African oral storytelling tradition, and combine word and rhythm to address personal and societal concerns. In Slingshots: A Hip Hop Poetica Coval highlights his skill at weaving tense, thoughtful observations and declarations into explosive yet sensitive poems. This half-hour audio allows Coval to showcase his words in his own compelling voice. This dynamic performance will remind listeners of famed orators like Studs Terkel, Lenny Bruce, and KRS One.
"This is one of my favorite poets," Mos Def"...important, maybe even essential words to live by." (Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune)
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