Poet and publisher Kevin Coval is the recipient of the 2018 Studs Terkel Award, the 2017 John Peter Altgeld Freedom of Speech Award. He is the author of over a dozen books including; A People’s History of Chicago and Everything Must Go, editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, and the play, This is Modern Art, co-written with Idris Goodwin, which premiered at Steppenwolf Theater. Coval is also the Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors, which won a MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions, and 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 and his work has appeared on The Daily Show, 4 seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, CNN and Poetry Magazine. He is editor of BreakBeat Publishing an imprint of Haymarket Books dedicated to publishing radically fresh voices.
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