Writer Mahogany L. Browne and poet Bob Holman discuss creative life in the context of our new social reality.
Mahogany L. Browne is a writer, organizer & educator. Executive Director of Bowery Poetry Club & Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC & Poetry Coordinator at St. Francis College. Browne has received fellowships from Agnes Gund, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research & Rauschenberg. She is the author of Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice, Woke Baby & Black Girl Magic (Macmillan), Kissing Caskets (Yes Yes Books) & Dear Twitter (Penmanship Books). She is also the founder of the Woke Baby Book Fair (a nationwide diversity literature campaign) & as an Arts for Justice grantee, is completing her first book of essays on mass incarceration, investigating its impact on women and children. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Bob Holman is an American poet and poetry activist, most closely identified with the oral tradition, the spoken word, and poetry slam. As a promoter of poetry in many media, Holman has spent the last four decades working variously as an author, editor, publisher, performer, emcee of live events, director of theatrical productions, producer of films and television programs, record label executive, university professor, and archivist. He was described by Henry Louis Gates Jr. in The New Yorker as “the postmodern promoter who has done more to bring poetry to cafes and bars than anyone since Ferlinghetti.”
Bob is a contributor of the Brooklyn Rail. His two new books, The Unspoken and Life Poem, were written 50 years apart. You can order them from YBK Publishers.
In the Rail:
- Editor’s Note, April 2015
- Tribute to Paul Gulielmetti, April 2006
- Samuel Jablon & Stefan Bondell in Conversation with Bob Holman, April 2015
- Nikhil Melnechuk in Conversation with Bob Holman, April 2015
- Phong Bui in Conversation with Bob Holman, April 2015
- The Hammer of Justice, April 2015
- Alaska Language Odyssey, June 2018
- Two, February 2020
- Alaska Odyssey Essay, June 2018