The power and performance of poetry

Matt Bubala

With the inauguration behind us and Amanda Gorman’s words ringing in our ears, Matt decided to call upon two guests to give us a look into poetry, the impact and importance it can have, as well as a live reading of one of their poems

CM Burroughs is an Associate Professor of Poetry at Columbia College Chicago. She is the author of two poetry collections: The Vital System (Tupelo Press, 2012) and the just-released Master Suffering (Tupelo Press, 2021.) Her books can be found here

Kevin Coval is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning poet and author of Everything Must Go: The Life & Death of an American Neighborhood, A People’s History of Chicago. Also founder of Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival. His latest book can be found here

Other Chicago poetry resources can be found here

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