The Breakbeat Poets Remixing the Cannon

Join us on Tuesday, November 29th as we join forces with the editors and contributors of The Breakbeat Poets Remixing the Cannon for a night of hip-hop poetry.

The Breakbeat Poets Remixing the Cannon brings together nationally recognized poet-laureates, writers, and rappers who will take us on a journey through the power of spoken word.

The Breakbeat Poets take the mic on Tuesday, November 29 at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St. Tickets are $15 and proceeds benefit learning programs at Chicago Public Library.

Performances by:

Quraysh Ali LansanaQuraysh Ali Lansana has been a literary teaching artist and curriculum developer for over a decade and has led workshops in prisons, public schools, and universities in over 30 states. He is a former faculty member of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School, and served as Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University from 2002-2011, where he was also Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing. Currently, Lansana is on faculty in the Creative Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and the Red Earth MFA Creative Writing Program at Oklahoma City University. Recent books include The Walmart Republic, with Christopher Stewart and The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop.


E’mon LaurenE’mon Lauren  November 9, 1996. Southside Chicago. Redline. Harold’s Chicken. Mild sauce. Early graduate. Slam poet. Louder Than a Bomb champion. ‘14. Louder Than a Bomb Indy finalist. ‘14. Brave New Voices. ‘13 & ‘14. Louder Than a Bomb College Slam champion. ‘16. Chicago’s Youth Poet Laureate. ’16. Playwright “Commando”. ‘16. Vocalist. Emcee. Teaching artist. Published artist. The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop ‘15. Performing artist. Non-binary agender. Woman. Human.


Nate MarshallNate Marshall
is a Cave Canem Fellow whose work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, New Republic, Indiana Review, and elsewhere. He is coeditor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Marshall has won the Hurston/Wright Founding Members Award and the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award. He is a visiting assistant professor of English at Wabash College, the  National Director for Louder Than A Bomb,a member of the poetry collective Dark Noise, and a rapper.


Kevin CovalKevin Coval is Founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival and the Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors, Coval teaches hip-hop aesthetics at The University of Illinois-Chicago, is a 4x HBO Def Poet and has written for a wide variety of publications including, Huffington Post and Fake Shore Drive. Coval is editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and is the author of Schtick, L-vis Lives!: Racemusic Poems, Everyday People, Slingshots: A Hip-Hop Poetica and the play, This is Modern Art, co-written with Idris Goodwin.


The Breakbeat Poets Remixing the Cannon
Haymarket Pub & Brewery
737 W Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60661
Tuesday, November 29
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Cost: $15

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