A drop-in workshop and open mic performance with Bob Holman, founder of the Bowery Poetry Club and former co-director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Princeton students, come share your poems and get tips on how to perform your work in front of an audience on Wednesday, December 7, at Frist Campus Center.
6:00-7:30 p.m.: Drop-in workshop with Bob Holman — stop by anytime. Food will be provided. Frist Campus Center, Class of 1952 Room
7:30-9:00 p.m.: Open mic (emceed by Bob Holman) — open to Princeton students, faculty, and staff. Beginners especially welcome! Cafe Viv, Frist Campus Center
This event is cosponsored by Ellipses, Songline, the Carl A Fields Center for Equality + Cultural Understanding, and the Lewis Center’s Committee on Race and the Arts.
Original Slam Master of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, creator of the world’s first spoken word poetry record label, Mouth Almighty/Mercury, and founder/proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club, BOB HOLMAN has played a central role in the spoken word and slam poetry movements. A co-founder and co-director of the Endangered Language Alliance, Holman’s study of hip-hop and West African oral traditions led to his current work with endangered languages, including the PBS doc Language Matters with Bob Holman, Berkeley Film Festival’s Documentary of the Year. Holman is a proponent of digital poetry as a performer (MTV’s “Spoken Word Unplugged,” “HBO Def Poetry Jam”) and creator/producer (PBS series “The United States of Poetry,” and “On the Road with Bob Holman”). He has 16 poetry collections, including Sing This One Back to Me (Coffee House Press) and Aloud! Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café (co-edited with Miguel Algarìn). He has taught at Columbia, NYU, Bard, and The New School and performed around the globe.