Holman is one of the country’s most influential performing poets, whose work reaches from Slam to Hiphop to spoken word poetry. Holman was a founding editor of the NYC Poetry Calendar and founding M.C. of the Nuyorican Poets Café’s Poetry Slams from 1988 to 1996. In addition to his ongoing work with educational programs at Columbia and the Bowery Poetry Club, Holman has produced Emmy-winning poetry programs for television, edited and co-edited a number of poetry collections, and curated the People’s Poetry Gathering.
Holman’s most recent CD is In With the Out Crowd (Mouth Almighty/Mercury) with Chris Spedding, Wayne Kramer, and Bobby Neuwirth; his most recent book, A Couple of Ways of Doing Something,is a collection of Praise Poems he wrote to accompany twenty daguerreotypes of artists by Chuck Close. Papa Susso’s most recent CD is Sotuma-Sere, an extraordinary set of classic solo poems accompanied by his kora (the 21-string harp lyre played by West African poets). Papa Susso is currently “griot in residence” at the Bowery Poetry Club and a frequent visitor to Holman’s Columbia course, “Exploding Text: Poetry Performance.”
Holman and Papa Susso will be introduced by James G. Neal, University Librarian and Vice President for Information Services. To attend, please respond to 212-854-4768 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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