Alternatives 2017 Gala

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We’re just 1 week away from our biggest event of the year – Come join us on Thursday, April 27th at the Wintrust Grand Banking Hall from 6-9pm. Celebrate Youth Building Chicago with us! Be sure to grab your ticket Here.


Our Keynote Speaker, Kevin Coval will be joining us to celebrate Youth Building Chicago. Kevin is a Poet and Community Builder. As the artistic director of Young Chicago Authors, founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, and professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago—where he teaches hip-hop aesthetics—he’s mentored thousands of young writers, artists, and musicians.

He is the author and editor of 10 books, including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Schtick, and co-author of the play, This is Modern Art. His work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, The Drunken Boat, Chicago Tribune, CNN, Fake Shore Drive, Huffington Post, and four seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Coval’s forthcoming collection, A People’s History of Chicago drops in April 2017 on Haymarket Books.

To learn more about Alternatives’ 2017 Gala visit our Annual Gala page Here.

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