Bob Holman is Founding Director of Bowery Arts+Science; in 2001 he founded the Bowery Poetry Club, where much of the organization's programming occurs. Dubbed "Ringmaster of the Spoken Word" (NY Daily News), "Poetry Czar" (Village Voice), and "Dean of the Scene" (Seventeen Magazine), he studied poetry at Columbia where he now teaches: he finds it fulfilling, becoming the guy he used to laugh at (he also teaches at NYU). He has published sixteen works of poetry, most recently Sing This One Back To Me (Coffee House Press) and A Couple of Ways of Doing Something, a collaboration with Chuck Close. His 3-part TV series exploring endangered languages and cultures in West Africa and Israel, "On the Road with Bob Holman," aired on LinkTV; he created the award-winning PBS, The United States of Poetry. Crossing State Lines; An American Renga—a collaboration of 54 US poets, edited with Carol Muske-Dukes, was published by Farrar Strauss in 2012. He is currently working on two Endangered Language Projects: Khonsay: A Poem of Many Tongues, with each line from a different endangered tongue; and "Language Matters with Bob Holman," a 90-minute special on Endangered Languages for PBS produced by David Grubin with Holman as host.
I’m in book hell right now but luckily I have a real editor who’s guiding me, Virgil to my Dante, ahem, Allan Kornblum, founder of Coffee House Press (did you know its original name was Toothpaste Press?). We’ve switched sections, changed titles, dropped and added poems, Allan leads me deeper and deeper, circle by circle, to the eternal infernal —and back out to Paradiso. This an experience not to be missed — but where are the editors of yesteryear? Thanks and kisses to Allan. Now how bout this — you can ORDER THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW from Amazon (http://amzn.to/UQbXT2) even though we’re still fine-tuning. OMG! Sing This One Back to Me by Bob Holman and Alhaji Papa Susso (May 14, 2013)