Bob Holman

Bob Holman, founder and proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club, is a poet most often connected with spoken word, performance, hip-hop and slam. He has published nine books of poetry and released two CDs. His latest collection of poems, a collaboration with Chuck Close, is A Couple of Ways of Doing Something (Aperture); his most recent CD, The Awesome Whatever (Bowery Books). The TV series he produced for PBS, The United States of Poetry, won the INPUT (International Public Television) Award; the series of intersticials he did for WNYC-TV won three Emmys; he founded Mouth Almighty/ Mercury Records, the first ever major spoken word label; and founded and ran the infamous poetry slams at the Nuyorican Poets Café, where he also co-edited the American Book Award-winning anthology, Aloud!. His globe-trotting reading tours have taken him to Medellin, Timbuktu, Vilnius, and Banff; he also performs in the touring companies of Spalding Gray's Stories Left Untold and David Thomas' Mirror Man. He is co-director of the Endangered Language Alliance, with his focus these days being on a documentary series on the Poetry of Endangered Languages. He teaches at NYU at the Art & Public Policy Department of the Tisch School of the Arts, at Columbia in the Graduate Writing Division of the School of the Arts, and at Naropa's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.