10-6-2004 – Bob Holman

06 Oct

October 6 – Bob Holman
Bob Holman — 
Dubbed a member of the “Poetry Pantheon” by the New York Times Magazine and featured in a Henry Louis Gates, Jr. profile in The New Yorker, Bob Holman has previously been crowned “Ringmaster of the Spoken Word” (New York Daily News), “Poetry Czar” (Village Voice), “Dean of the Scene” (Seventeen). The series he produced for PBS, The United States of Poetry, features over sixty poets including Derek Walcott, Rita Dove, Czeslaw Milosz, Lou Reed and former President Jimmy Carter, as well as rappers, cowboy poets, American Sign Language poets, and Slammers. USOP lives on as an anthology from Harry Abrams Publishers (in its second printing), a home video from KQED, and soundtrack CD from Mouth Almighty/Mercury Records, a label Holman co-founded. He has appeared widely on TV: “Nightline,” “Good Morning America,” “ABC News Magazine,” MTV’s “Spoken Word Unplugged,” and “The Charlie Rose Show,” among others. The NEA has announced major preproduction support for his new poetry media project, The World of Poetry (, the world’s first digital poetry anthology. Holman was founding editor of the NYC Poetry Calendar in 1977, and has curated reading series at St. Marks Church (he worked at the Poetry Project for seven years), the Whitney Museum, the Public Theater, and other locales. He has toured the world with his “amazing traveling word show,” and is Artistic Director of the touring company Real Live Poetry ( He is currently the proprietor of The Bowery Poetry Club, a cafe/bar/performance space that is the first step towards his dream of a poetry-technology lab: Bowery Arts & Science. (host – Cheryl)

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