We’re pleased to announce our Keynote Speaker for the evening, Kevin Coval. 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.
Thank you for joining us in celebrating Youth Building Chicago at our 2017 Annual Gala. Special thanks to our amazing Staff, Board of Directors, Gala Committee, Marketing Committee, Kevin Coval, Charise Bennett, and the many contributing Sponsors for the evening.