The BreakBeat Poets: A Night of Poetry and Performance

Join us for a virtual poetry reading and performance by The BreakBeat Poets on Thursday, November 12 at 7pm. Penelope Alegria, Kevin Coval, Idris Goodwin, and Jessica Helen Lopez will be performing - and you can purchase the anthologies they’re featured in through this page! Please email to receive the Zoom link.

Penelope Alegria was the Chicago Youth Poet Laureate for 2019-2020 and a two-time member of Young Chicago Authors’ artistic apprenticeship. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in La Nueva Semana, Muse/A Journal, The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT, and elsewhere. She is a Brain Mill Press Editor’s Pick and was awarded the 2018 Literary Award by Julian Randall. Her poem “Papa’s Deli Order” will be animated and showcased at international film festivals as part of ARTS By the People’s “Moving Words” initiative. She has performed spoken word at the 2019 Obama Foundation Summit, Pitchfork Music Festival, and other venues in the Chicagoland area. She is currently attending Harvard College.

Kevin Coval is a poet and author of A People’s History of Chicago and over ten other collections, anthologies, and chapbooks. He is the founder and editor of the BreakBeat Poets series for Haymarket Books, artistic director for Young Chicago Authors, and the founder of Louder than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival.

Idris Goodwin is an award winning break-beat poet, playwright, and director of The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. In addition to the recently released poetry collection Can I Kick It?, he’s had several publications from Haymarket Books including Inauguration co-written with nico wilkinson, Human Highlight: Ode To Dominique Wilkins, and the play This Is Modern Art co-written with Kevin Coval. He’s appeared on HBO Def Poetry, Sesame Street, NPR, BBC Radio, and the Discovery Channel. His plays include And In This Corner Cassius Clay, How We Got On, Hype Man, and This is Modern Art. Idris is the co-host The Same Old New School Podcast on Vocalo Radio.

Jessica Helen Lopez is the City of Albuquerque Poet Laureate, Emeritus (2014–2016). An educator with the UNM Chicana and Chicano Studies Department and the Native American Community Academy, she is a Chautauqua Scholar with the NM Humanities Council and a poetry Pushcart Prize Nominee. Lopez served as a semester-long, guest instructor for the Theater and Dance Department of Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO. She is a board member for the non-profit, robust ABQ-based poetry community, Burque Revolt; founder of La Palabra – The Word is a Woman, an artist collective that promotes cross-sectional feminism and LGBTQ issues; and is the author of four poetry collections. Her first book, Always Messing With Them Boys (West End Press) received the Zia Book Award from NM Press for Women, an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women. 

Event date: 
Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 7:00pm
The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop Cover Image
By Kevin Coval (Editor), Quraysh Ali Lansana (Editor), Nate Marshall (Editor)
ISBN: 9781642591057
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Haymarket Books - September 20th, 2019

The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4: Latinext Cover Image
By Felicia Chavez (Editor), José Olivarez (Editor), Willie Perdomo (Editor)
ISBN: 9781642591293
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Haymarket Books - April 7th, 2020