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Kevin Coval is the author of numerous poetry collections and chapbooks, including the American Library Association Book-of-the-Year finalist Slingshots: A Hip-Hop Poetica and, most recently, L-vis Lives! Racemusic Poems, which Impose Magazine describes as a “stunning, and very personal, piece of literary work that should be required reading in every high school in America.” In his early twenties, Coval founded Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, now one of the largest youth gatherings on the planet and recently the subject of an award-winning documentary of the same name. Coval currently serves as Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors, the non-profit home of Louder Than a Bomb, and numerous other youth writing and hip hop programs. He is a native of Chicago and teaches at the School of the Art Institute and is a frequent contributor to WBEZ: Chicago Public Radio. His next work is Schtick: Jewish Assimilation and Its Discontents, forthcoming from Haymarket Books in April 2013.

Presenter: 2013, 2015, 2018