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.
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