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- @KevinCoval is not only a poet but also an activist and educator. Having served as the artistic director of prestigious @YoungChicagoAuthors, he has founded Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival (LTAB), touching tens of thousands of young hearts. He has permeated the power of literature and poems to the youth thru youth poetry slam, making LTAB a national phenomenon. Coval has authored and edited more than 10 books his own, including his most recent poem collections, A People’s History of Chicago, which contains 77 poems about Chicago. At Harold Washington Library (@chicagopubliclibrary), he uplifts four books which influenced him the most throughout the decades: Blacks by Gwendolyn Brooks, The Black Poets by Dudley Randall, Freedom dreams by Robin Kelley and The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley and Malcolm X. #theuplifted
- @KevinCoval is not only a poet but also an activist and educator. Having served as the artistic director of prestigious @YoungChicagoAuthors , he has founded Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival (LTAB), touching tens of thousands of young hearts. He has permeated the power of literature and poems to the youth thru youth poetry slam, making LTAB a national phenomenon. Coval has authored and edited more than 10 books his own, including his most recent poem collections, A People’s History of Chicago, which contains 77 poems about Chicago. At Harold Washington Library @chicagopubliclibrary ), he uplifts four books which influenced him the most throughout the decades: Blacks by Gwendolyn Brooks, The Black Poets by Dudley Randall, Freedom dreams by Robin Kelley and The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley and Malcolm X. #theuplifted
- @KevinCoval is not only a poet but also an activist and educator. Having served as the artistic director of prestigious @YoungChicagoAuthors, he has founded Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival (LTAB), touching tens of thousands of young hearts. He has permeated the power of literature and poems to the youth thru youth poetry slam, making LTAB a national phenomenon. Coval has authored and edited more than 10 books his own, including his most recent poem collections, A People’s History of Chicago, which contains 77 poems about Chicago. At Harold Washington Library (@chicagopubliclibrary), he uplifts four books which influenced him the most throughout the decades: Blacks by Gwendolyn Brooks, The Black Poets by Dudley Randall, Freedom dreams by Robin Kelley and The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley and Malcolm X. #theuplifted
- Tomorrow (Thurs. Aug. 10) join us for the conclusion of two wonderful programs. First, from 3:30-5pm, the students from The Chicago Beat read some of their work and are in conversation with Ric Wilson, Kaina, & Aaron Firestein. Then, come back to YCA from 6-8pm for the Queeriosity Zine Release Party! Queeriosity is a monthly poetry salon that creates a safe space for LGBTQ & questioning youth aged 12-25, to explore the world through a queer lens. Join us in celebrating our students!
- Tomorrow (Thurs. Aug. 10) join us for the conclusion of two wonderful programs. First, from 3:30-5pm, the students from The Chicago Beat read some of their work and are in conversation with Ric Wilson, Kaina, & Aaron Firestein. Then, come back to YCA from 6-8pm for the Queeriosity Zine Release Party! Queeriosity is a monthly poetry salon that creates a safe space for LGBTQ & questioning youth aged 12-25, to explore the world through a queer lens. Join us in celebrating our students!
- Tomorrow (Thurs. Aug. 10) join us for the conclusion of two wonderful programs. First, from 3:30-5pm, the students from The Chicago Beat read some of their work and are in conversation with Ric Wilson, Kaina, & Aaron Firestein. Then, come back to YCA from 6-8pm for the Queeriosity Zine Release Party! Queeriosity is a monthly poetry salon that creates a safe space for LGBTQ & questioning youth aged 12-25, to explore the world through a queer lens. Join us in celebrating our students!
- come to Wordplay tomorrow for Kush Thompson's (@cursivebones) last night as Wordplay host before Blu (@_chiblu)takes over in August! Poetry, raps, & community all day every day Featuring Alison A. Ogunmokum (@stillpalison): Alison is a zesty girl with a deep passion for moisturizing. She’s a writer, comedian, good vibe spreader, and MFA student at UC San Diego. Born to immigrant parents, Alison writes a lot about the intersection of her identities. She co-curates a show with her good pal, Jane called “Spread Your Own Gossip” monthly. You can find her on twitter @alisonogun, on Instagram @stillpalison and at this very reading.
- come to Wordplay tomorrow for Kush Thompson& #39;s @cursivebones ) last night as Wordplay host before Blu @_chiblu )takes over in August! Poetry, raps, & community all day every day Featuring Alison A. Ogunmokum @stillpalison ): Alison is a zesty girl with a deep passion for moisturizing. She’s a writer, comedian, good vibe spreader, and MFA student at UC San Diego. Born to immigrant parents, Alison writes a lot about the intersection of her identities. She co-curates a show with her good pal, Jane called “Spread Your Own Gossip” monthly. You can find her on twitter @alisonogun , on Instagram @stillpalison and at this very reading.
- come to Wordplay tomorrow for Kush Thompson's (@cursivebones) last night as Wordplay host before Blu (@_chiblu)takes over in August! Poetry, raps, & community all day every day Featuring Alison A. Ogunmokum (@stillpalison): Alison is a zesty girl with a deep passion for moisturizing. She’s a writer, comedian, good vibe spreader, and MFA student at UC San Diego. Born to immigrant parents, Alison writes a lot about the intersection of her identities. She co-curates a show with her good pal, Jane called “Spread Your Own Gossip” monthly. You can find her on twitter @alisonogun, on Instagram @stillpalison and at this very reading.
- Happy 100th Birthday to Ms. Gwendolyn Brooks. Seeing her speak at my high school as a freshman in 1998 was my first exposure to Writers Week, thanks to my Spanish teacher, Ms. Mungai. I proceeded to miss 2 or 3 classes following her presentation because even though I was only 15 and even though I had no idea how that singular event would shape the entire trajectory of my life and career, I knew I had to meet her. She graciously signed a copy of Selected Poems for me, one of if not the last people in line and even wrote her address in the back of the book. I don't have many regrets in life, but one of them would be never writing her a letter before she passed away a few years later. So what I would like to #TellHer now is that I am a high school librarian, I started Writers Week at my school, and I try to pay homage to you (and all the amazing teachers- like @glanderson -who invented Writers Week at Fremd and brought you to us) by instilling a love of writing, reading, poetry, and spoken word in young people. Since I don't have a picture with you (I didn't know what WW was at the time and didn't think to bring a camera...pretty much went nowhere without it after that day), here is one taken at the #LTAB17 quarter-finals in Chicago, where I got to watch one of my students (as well as many others from around the state and Indiana) speak out about feminism, Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ rights, refugees, and the grave disappointment (putting it lightly) of the most recent presidential election. Thank you for being so giving with your time and your words and for inspiring decades of new writers. Here's to everyone who chooses to use a pen as their weapon. #Resist
- Happy 100th Birthday to Ms. Gwendolyn Brooks. Seeing her speak at my high school as a freshman in 1998 was my first exposure to Writers Week, thanks to my Spanish teacher, Ms. Mungai. I proceeded to miss 2 or 3 classes following her presentation because even though I was only 15 and even though I had no idea how that singular event would shape the entire trajectory of my life and career, I knew I had to meet her. She graciously signed a copy of Selected Poems for me, one of if not the last people in line and even wrote her address in the back of the book. I don& #39;t have many regrets in life, but one of them would be never writing her a letter before she passed away a few years later. So what I would like to #TellHer now is that I am a high school librarian, I started Writers Week at my school, and I try to pay homage to you (and all the amazing teachers- like @glanderson -who invented Writers Week at Fremd and brought you to us) by instilling a love of writing, reading, poetry, and spoken word in young people. Since I don& #39;t have a picture with you (I didn& #39;t know what WW was at the time and didn& #39;t think to bring a camera...pretty much went nowhere without it after that day), here is one taken at the #LTAB17 quarter-finals in Chicago, where I got to watch one of my students (as well as many others from around the state and Indiana) speak out about feminism, Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ rights, refugees, and the grave disappointment (putting it lightly) of the most recent presidential election. Thank you for being so giving with your time and your words and for inspiring decades of new writers. Here& #39;s to everyone who chooses to use a pen as their weapon. #Resist
- Happy 100th Birthday to Ms. Gwendolyn Brooks. Seeing her speak at my high school as a freshman in 1998 was my first exposure to Writers Week, thanks to my Spanish teacher, Ms. Mungai. I proceeded to miss 2 or 3 classes following her presentation because even though I was only 15 and even though I had no idea how that singular event would shape the entire trajectory of my life and career, I knew I had to meet her. She graciously signed a copy of Selected Poems for me, one of if not the last people in line and even wrote her address in the back of the book. I don't have many regrets in life, but one of them would be never writing her a letter before she passed away a few years later. So what I would like to #TellHer now is that I am a high school librarian, I started Writers Week at my school, and I try to pay homage to you (and all the amazing teachers- like @glanderson -who invented Writers Week at Fremd and brought you to us) by instilling a love of writing, reading, poetry, and spoken word in young people. Since I don't have a picture with you (I didn't know what WW was at the time and didn't think to bring a camera...pretty much went nowhere without it after that day), here is one taken at the #LTAB17 quarter-finals in Chicago, where I got to watch one of my students (as well as many others from around the state and Indiana) speak out about feminism, Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ rights, refugees, and the grave disappointment (putting it lightly) of the most recent presidential election. Thank you for being so giving with your time and your words and for inspiring decades of new writers. Here's to everyone who chooses to use a pen as their weapon. #Resist
- I volunteered to work the door for #LTAB17 awhile back, which resulted in my viewing a bunch of dope af #youngchicagoauthors who inspired this first piece in #TheChicagoChronicles' Book about Things. @kevincoval and Co. have truly created something meaningful and provocative with #louderthanabomb, and I wish that shit was around when I was a young rabble rouser! Yet I digress, and as it stands, the event is a Chicago institution. Solid. ✊️📝🗣💣 . . . #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #chicago #poetry #spokenword #power #powertothepeople✊#beproud #doyou #poetsofinstagram #igpoets #streamofconsciousness #getupstandup #powertothepoets #positivechange #wokeaf #humbled #behumble #DAMN. #trailblazers #hailtothequeens #chicagotattoo #chgostyle #apeopleshistoryofchicago
- I volunteered to work the door for #LTAB17 awhile back, which resulted in my viewing a bunch of dope af #youngchicagoauthors who inspired this first piece in #TheChicagoChronicles & #39; Book about Things. @kevincoval and Co. have truly created something meaningful and provocative with #louderthanabomb , and I wish that shit was around when I was a young rabble rouser! Yet I digress, and as it stands, the event is a Chicago institution. Solid. ✊️📝🗣💣 . . . #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #chicago #poetry #spokenword #power #powertothepeople #beproud #doyou #poetsofinstagram #igpoets #streamofconsciousness #getupstandup #powertothepoets #positivechange #wokeaf #humbled #behumble #DAMN . #trailblazers #hailtothequeens #chicagotattoo #chgostyle #apeopleshistoryofchicago
- I volunteered to work the door for #LTAB17 awhile back, which resulted in my viewing a bunch of dope af #youngchicagoauthors who inspired this first piece in #TheChicagoChronicles' Book about Things. @kevincoval and Co. have truly created something meaningful and provocative with #louderthanabomb, and I wish that shit was around when I was a young rabble rouser! Yet I digress, and as it stands, the event is a Chicago institution. Solid. ✊️📝🗣💣 . . . #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #chicago #poetry #spokenword #power #powertothepeople✊#beproud #doyou #poetsofinstagram #igpoets #streamofconsciousness #getupstandup #powertothepoets #positivechange #wokeaf #humbled #behumble #DAMN. #trailblazers #hailtothequeens #chicagotattoo #chgostyle #apeopleshistoryofchicago

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