Northbrook native Kevin Coval to appear at Oakton's Chicago Writers series event Nov. 20
Last updated 11/11/2019 at 11:15am
Northbrook native and Glenbrook North High School alumnus Kevin Coval
will read selections from his collection of poetry 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Oakton Community College's
Student Center (Room 1530), 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. Admission to this Chicago Writers Series event
is free and open to the public.
An award-winning poet, Coval is the author of "Everything Must Go: The Life and Death of an American
Neighborhood." A professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he teaches hip-hop aesthetics, Coval
also penned "A People's History of Chicago." Chance the Rapper expressed his gratitude to the poet in the
book's forward, writing, "Kevin Coval made me understand what it is to be a poet, what it is to be an artist, and
what it is to serve the people."
Coval is also the artistic director of the MacArthur Award-winning cultural organization, Young Chicago
Authors, and founder of Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, the world's largest youth
poetry celebration, now in over 19 cities throughout North America. He co-hosts the podcast "The Cornerstone"
on WGN Radio.
"Kevin is a brilliant writer and activist whose work shows his passion, love and understanding for Chicago,"
Tina Fakhrid-Deen, associate professor of English at Oakton, says. "People are drawn to his truth, sincerity,
humility and strong storytelling abilities. He is truly a gem of the Windy City."