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Bob Holman

Bob Holman, founder and artistic director of the Bowery Poetry Club, is a poet most often connected with spoken word, performance, hip hop and slam. He teaches at Columbia and also at NYU. He ran readings and administered the St Marks Poetry Project 1977-84, was the original Slammaster at the Nuyorican Poets Café 1988-96, and is currently Founder/Proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club. He has published ten books of poetry and released two CDs. He founded the spoken word label Mouth Almighty/Mercury, produced the award-winning Public Broadcasting System series, The United States of Poetry and is currently working on two Endangered Language Projects: the Endangered Cento, under the auspices of CityLore, a 100-line poem with each line from a different endangered tongue; and "On the Road with Bob Holman," a series of half-hour documentaries for LinkTV with Holman as host. In 2010, with linguists Daniel Kaufman and Juliette Blevins, he founded the Endangered Language Alliance in New York.

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