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Kevin Coval & Special Guests at Open Books West Loop

  • Open Books 651 West Lake Street Chicago, IL, 60661 United States (map)

Join Kevin Coval and special guests on Thursday, July 13th from 6pm-8:30pm at Open Books West Loop as he reads from his newest book, "A People's History of Chicago". Snacks and refreshments will be provided. All ages welcome!


Kevin Coval is a poet and community builder. As the artistic director of Young Chicago Authors, founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, and professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago—where he teaches hip-hop aesthetics—he’s mentored thousands of young writers, artists, and musicians.

He is the author and editor of 10 books, including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Schtick, and co-author of the play, This is Modern Art. His work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, The Drunken Boat, Chicago Tribune, CNN, Fake Shore Drive, Huffington Post, and four seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Coval’s forthcoming collection, A People's History of Chicago dropped in April 2017 on Haymarket Books.

Earlier Event: July 12
Concert: Beach Bunny at Beat Kitchen
Later Event: July 13
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