"Your Poetry Education on the Bowery"
Session 1: Master Poet Bob Holman on "Spoken Word from The Last Poets Till Now: What It Is, Where It Came From, Where It's Going"
POETRY U: Eight master poet-educators teach their favorite eras/movements in the form and the poets who lead them. Attend at least seven of the eight classes and receive a POETRY U certificate. $20 for a single class, $100 for a season pass. Coffee included.
2-3:30pm Sundays: 9/1, 9/15, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/15
Bob Holman (http://www.bobholman.com) is Founding Director of Bowery Arts+Science; in 2001 he founded the Bowery Poetry Club, where much of the organization's programming occurs. Dubbed "Ringmaster of the Spoken Word" (NY Daily News), "Poetry Czar" (Village Voice), and "Dean of the Scene" (Seventeen Magazine), he studied poetry at Columbia where he now teaches: he finds it fulfilling, becoming the guy he used to laugh at (he also teaches at NYU). He has published sixteen works of poetry, most recently Sing This One Back To Me (Coffee House Press) and A Couple of Ways of Doing Something, a collaboration with Chuck Close. His 3-part TV series exploring endangered languages and cultures in West Africa and Israel, "On the Road with Bob Holman," aired on LinkTV; he created the award-winning PBS, The United States of Poetry. Crossing State Lines; An American Renga—a collaboration of 54 US poets, edited with Carol Muske-Dukes, was published by Farrar Strauss in 2012. He is currently working on two Endangered Language Projects: Khonsay: A Poem of Many Tongues, with each line from a different endangered tongue; and "Language Matters with Bob Holman," a 90-minute special on Endangered Languages for PBS produced by David Grubin with Holman as host.