“The postmodern promoter who has done more to bring poetry to cafes and bars than anyone since Ferlinghetti.”
—Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The New Yorker

Equal parts spoken word performer, professor, impresario, activist, proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club, filmmaker and host of Language Matters, a two-hour PBS special on Endangered Languages, to Bob Holman it's all just part of the job. He's a poet. From Slam to Hiphop, from performance to spoken word, Bob's been a central figure in redefining poetry in the US as existing on, off, and beyond the page.


Author of 16 poetry collections, most recently Sing This One Back to Me (2013) from Coffee House Press, Bob has been dubbed a member of the "Poetry Pantheon" by the New York Times Magazine. He's been featured in a Henry Louis Gates, Jr. profile in The New Yorker. He's been crowned "Ringmaster of the Spoken Word" (New York Daily News), "Poetry Czar" (Village Voice), and "Dean of the Scene" (Seventeen).


As an arts administrator, Bob's served as coordinator and readings curator at St. Mark’s Poetry Project, original Slammaster and a director of the Nuyorican Poets Café, as well as founder and proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club. His study of Hiphop and West African Oral Traditions led to his current work with Endangered Languages—he is a co-founder and co-director of the Endangered Language Alliance.


Bob's Upcoming Events

8:00 PM – St. Marks Poetry Project: Naropa at 40 – Celebrating 40 years of The Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University with Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Samuel R. Delany, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Brenda Coultas, Bob Holman, Erica Hunt, Eileen Myles, Anne Carson & “Currie, Randomizer,” David Henderson, Lewis Warsh, Edwin Torres, Julie Patton, Fast Speaking Music and more tba

6:30 PM – NYU ITP, 721 Broadway, 4th Floor: Code Poetry Slam 2014 – Presented by Code Shakespeare

Time TBA – Central Washington University: “Sing This One Back to Me,” A Film Screening & Reading

Time TBA – Miami Book Fair International: Sing This One Back to Me: A Reading and Discussion with Bob Holman

4:00 PM – Exploratorium: Join Bob Holman and Language Matters filmmaker David Grubin for a screening, panel discussion and performance. Presented in conjunction with KQED, News From Native California, Heyday Books, and The Center for the Art of Translation.

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