Due to the state-wide COVID-19 quarantine Young Chicago Authors has suspended all in-person programming. Please see our calendar for our virtual program offerings.

Poet & publisher Kevin Coval the recipient of the 2018 Studs Terkel Award & the 2017 John Peter Altgeld Freedom of Speech Award & the author of over a dozen books including; A People’s History of Chicago, editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, & the play, This is Modern Art, co-written with Idris Goodwin, which premiered at Steppenwolf Theater. Coval is the Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors, which won a MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions, & the founder of Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, the world’s largest youth poetry festival, now in more than 19 cities around the world. He co-hosts the podcast The Cornerstore on WGN Radio & his work has appeared on The Daily Show, 4 seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, CNN.com, Poetry Magazine & Fake Shore Drive. He is editor of BreakBeat Publishing an imprint of Haymarket Books dedicated to publishing radically fresh voices. Find him on the interconnected networks @kevincoval.

To book Kevin at your school, festival, club, or event, please contact Nick Ward at booking@youngchicagoauthors.org


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