The New Social Environment#216

Radical Poetry Reading with Leila Chatti

Featuring political poetry read by Dorianne Laux, Benjamin Garcia, Hala Alyan, and Safia Elhillo.


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Poet Leila Chatti curates the 21st Radical Poetry Reading, featuring Dorianne Laux, Benjamin Garcia, Hala Alyan, and Safia Elhillo.

In this talk

Bob Holman

This is a portrait of Bob Holman. It is a pencil drawing on off white paper by the Rail's publisher, Phong Bui.
Portrait by Phong H. Bui

Bob Holman is an American poet and poetry activist, most closely identified with the oral tradition, the spoken word, and poetry slam. As a promoter of poetry in many media, Holman has spent the last four decades working variously as an author, editor, publisher, performer, emcee of live events, director of theatrical productions, producer of films and television programs, record label executive, university professor, and archivist. He was described by Henry Louis Gates Jr. in The New Yorker as β€œthe postmodern promoter who has done more to bring poetry to cafes and bars than anyone since Ferlinghetti.”

Bob is a contributor of the Brooklyn Rail. His two new books, The Unspoken and Life Poem, were written 50 years apart. You can order them from YBK Publishers.

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