Kevin Coval

Kevin Coval

Kevin Coval

Kevin Coval is the poet the Chicago Tribune called “the voice of the new Chicago” and who the Boston Globe says is “the city’s unofficial poet laureate”. Author of Schtick, L-vis Lives!: Racemusic Poems, Everyday People, Slingshots: A Hip-Hop Poetica, and More Shit Chief Keef Don’t Like, Coval is the founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival and Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors, LTAB’s non-profit home. Coval teaches hip-hop aesthetics at The University of Illinois-Chicago, is a 4x HBO Def Poet, and has written for a wide variety of publications including CNN.com, The Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, National Public Radio’s Chicago affiliate WBEZ, The Spoken Word Revolution Redux (Source), Handbook of Public Pedagogy (Routledge) 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed U.S. History (Haymarket) & It Was Written: Reading Nas’s Illmatic, ed. by Michael Eric Dyson (Basic).  Coval won a New Voices/New Visions award from the Kennedy Center for a play co-authored with Idris Goodwin about graffiti writers called, This is Modern Art, that will premiere in the winter of 2015 at Steppenwolf Theater and is currently editing an anthology, The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket) due out February 2015.

Rhymes: Herbie Hancock “Rockit”, Boogie Down Productions “Why is That?”, and A Tribe Called Quest “Scenario”

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eve ewing

eve ewing

eve ewing

Eve Ewing is a writer and educator from Chicago. Currently, Eve is a doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where her focus is on adolescent identity development, particularly around elements of race, gender, class, and community. She also studies the structure of American inequality, in the public education system and in broader society. Eve is also an organizer for the Massachusetts Literary Education and Performance Collective (MassLEAP), which presents the Boston edition of the Louder Than A Bomb youth poetry slam festival. She is passionate about youth community-based writing programs, teaching and learning, and the philosophy, theory, and practice of comics and cartoons.

Rhymes: A Tribe Called Quest “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo,” M.I.A. “Paper Planes,” and Serengeti “Day By Day.”

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Songs from this Interview:

A Tribe Called Quest “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo”

Weezer “Buddy Holly”

Gwendolyn Brooks “We Real Cool”

Smashing Pumpkins “Perfect”

Daft Punk “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong “Summertime”

Cannibal Ox “Iron Galaxy (Instrumental)”

M.I.A. “Paper Planes”

M.I.A. “Galang”

Missy Elliot “Work It”

Public Enemy “Revolutionary Generation”

Serengeti “Day by Day”

Big K.R.I.T. “Wake Up”

avery r. young

Avery Young

avery r. young

2012 3Arts Teaching Artist Awardee, writer, performer avery r. young is a Cave Canem Fellow who’s artwork blends phonetics, linguistics, hymns, jazz and hip hop to depict the politics and inspiring attributes attached to the stories of a people.  Dubbed “sunday mornin jook-joint,”  mr. young’s work merges spiritual and secular aesthetics with dramatic and comedic sensibilities.  young has worked as a teaching artist, mentoring and shaping youth in the craft of creative writing and theatre.  He has written curriculum for Columbia College – Chicago, Young Leeds Authors, True Star magazine and Chicago Public Schools Art Integration Department.  His work has been published in AIMPrint, The Teaching Artist Journal, swaggerzine., Callallou, To Be Left With The Body, Warpland, Coon Bidness, Reverie Review, War Diaries, Make Magazine, The Spaces Between Us and Fingernails Across The Chalkboard.  young has performed in the Hip Hop Theatre Festival, Lollapalooza, WordStock and is featured on such compilations as New World Reveal-A-Solution, Audio Truism,  Catfish Haven’s Devastator and New Skool Poetics.  young has appeared on BET, MTV, ABC and WGN’s Morning News. young is currently a 2012/13 Public Life Artist-In-Residence Program at University of Chicago.

Rhymes: James Brown “Take Some… Leave Some”, Nina Simone “See-Line Woman”, and Gil Scott Heron “The Bottle”

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James Brown “Take Some…Leave Some”

James Brown “People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul”

De La Soul “Stakes is High (Instrumental)”

James Brown “You Got to Have a Job (If You Don’t Work You Can’t Eat)”

James Brown “Payback”

James Brown “Body Heat”

Michael Jackson “Bad”

Nina Simone “See-Line Woman”

Billie Holiday “Strange Fruit”

Nina Simone “Strange Fruit”

Nina Simone “To Be Young Gifted and Black”

Gil Scott Heron “The Revolution Will Not be Televised”

Last Poets “Before the White Man Came”

Gil Scott-Heron “The Bottle”

James Weldon Johnson “Lift Every Voice and Sing”

Leaders of the New School “Case of the P.T.A.”

Little Brother “The Yo-Yo”

Waka Flocka Flame “O Let’s Do It”

Parliament “Testify”