Louder Than A Bomb co-founder and poet Kevin Coval Oct. 25
Updated: October 29, 2012 12:34PM
River Forest — Chicago performance poet Kevin Coval will present a poetry reading and performance at Dominican University.
The artistic director of Young Chicago Authors and co-founder of the youth poetry competition, Louder Than A Bomb, will present at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Dominican University Priory Campus auditorium, 7200 W. Division St., River Forest.
Coval’s Louder Than a Bomb was the subject of a 2011 documentary by Jon Siskel and Greg Jacobs. The annual competition engages more than 350 writers between the ages of 13 and 19 from more than 40 schools throughout the Chicago area in sharing stories, breaking stereotypes and challenging themselves and their audience. The 2011 film chronicles four teams, including a group from Oak Park-River Forest High School, as they prepare for and compete in the 2008 Louder Than A Bomb event.
Coval is also the author of Slingshots: A Hip-Hop Poetica, an American Library Association Book of the Year finalist, and Everyday People. His most recent book, L-vis Lives!, was published earlier this month. The collection of poetry and prose explores the collision of race, art and appropriation in American culture, specifically the use by white men of black cultural forms.
A regular contributor to WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, Coval teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Contact Jane Hseu, assistant professor of English at Dominican University, at (708) 524-6584.