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On WGN Radio’s podcast The Cornerstore, writers Kevin Coval and Tara Mahadevan celebrate the ingenuity of the city of Chicago, as well as the creativity of cities around the world. Each week, hear authentic and lively conversations as the two dive deep into the artistic process and methodology of rappers, muralists, chefs, brand managers, tastemakers, and more, from Chicago and beyond.

[Produced at WGN Radio by CaSera Heining]

Kevin Coval bio

Kevin Coval is a poet and community builder. As the artistic director of Young Chicago Authors and founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, he’s mentored thousands of young writers, artists, and musicians.
He is the author and editor of 10 books, including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Schtick, and co-author of the play, This is Modern Art. His work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, The Drunken Boat, Chicago Tribune, CNN, Fake Shore Drive, Huffington Post, and four seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Coval’s poetry collection, A People’s History of Chicago dropped in April 2017 on Haymarket Books.

Tara Mahadevan bio

Tara Mahadevan’s work as a journalist is an effort to champion music discovery, and emerging and indie artists—and to dig deep into the communities that rear them. Her writing has appeared on Noisey, The Hundreds, The Village Voice, The Fader and Pigeons & Planes, among others. She is the creative director and project manager for Chicago author Kevin Coval’s poetry collection A People’s History of Chicago, teaches Young Chicago Authors’ journalism program, the Chicago Beat, and is currently working on her first book.