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Northbrook native returns to Oakton for hip-hop reading

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  • Poet Kevin Coval is appearing at Oakton Community College.

    Poet Kevin Coval is appearing at Oakton Community College.

Submitted by Oakton Community College

Northbrook native Kevin Coval will read selections from his latest book of poems at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, as part of the Chicago Writers Series at Oakton Community College, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. Readings are free and open to the public. A graduate of Glenbrook North High School, Coval is co-founder of Louder than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, and a veteran of Chicago Public Radio and HBO's Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam. His new work, "Shtick," is a sweeping exposition on Jewish-American culture in all its bawdy, contradictory, and inventive glory. Booklist Magazine calls Coval a line-crosser and bridge builder -- of suburb to the city, white to black to Jewish, literature to hip hop. For information, contact Lynn Woodbury at (847) 635-1953 or

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