Poet Bob Holman to Appear at Woods Hole Public Library

July 30th at 7 p.m.
Nationally recognized poet and linguistics researcher/revitalizer Bob Holman (Courtesy photo)

Bob Holman at the Woods Hole Public Library July 30, 7:30 PM

Nationally recognized poet and linguistics researcher/revitalizer Bob Holman will appear at the Woods Hole Public Library on Monday, July 30 at 7:30 PM.

Equal parts spoken word performer, professor, impresario, activist, proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club, filmmaker and host of Language Matters (2015 Documentary of the Year, Berkeley Film Festival), to Bob Holman it's all just part of the job. He's a poet. From slam to hip-hop, from performance to spoken word, he's been a central figure in redefining poetry as it exists on, off, and beyond the page.

Author of 17 poetry collections, most recently The Cutouts (Matisse) from PeKa Boo Press and Sing This One Back to Me from Coffee House Press, Holman has been dubbed a member of the "Poetry Pantheon" by the New York Times Magazine. As a professor, he's taught at Columbia, NYU, Princeton, Bard, and the New School. As an arts administrator, he's served as coordinator and curator at St. Mark’s Poetry Project, and was the original Slammaster and a director of the Nuyorican Poets Café. A scholar of oral traditions in West Africa and beyond, Holman co-founded the Enda. He has just received the esteemed Ostana Award for service to endangered languages.

Holman first came to Woods Hole in the seventies to build up the fledgling Woods Hole Theatre Company. He considers Woods Hole to be his spiritual home and he returns often to perform his work. In addition to reading here, this year two of his children have films being shown at the Woods Hole Film Festival. 

Bob will be joined by the editor of PeKa Boo Press, Eric Edwards, a Woods Hole poet, longtime poetry editor for the Spritsail under Mary Lou Smith, author of numerous obscure pamphlets, one of the core actors for Edward Gorey's theater works, a rural letter carrier and instructor for the US Postal Service; and several other local poetry writing friends.

The event at the Library is free and open to the public The Library is located at 581 Woods Hole Road. For more information, visit www.woodsholepubliclibrary.org.

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