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BreakBeat Poets

The BreakBeat Poets series, curated by Kevin Coval and Nate Marshall, is committed to work that brings the aesthetic of hip-hop practice to the page. These books are a cipher for the fresh, with an eye always to the next. We strive to center and showcase some of the most exciting voices in literature, art, and culture.

  • Stateless Citizenship

    In this provocative and compelling work Shourideh Molavi documents the legal plight of Palestinians living inside of Israel.
  • The BreakBeat Poets

    Edited by Kevin Coval, Quraysh Ali Lansana, et al.
    A first-of-its-kind anthology of hip-hop poetica written for and by the people.
  • The BreakBeat Poets

    Edited by Kevin Coval, Quraysh Ali Lansana, et al.
    A first-of-its-kind anthology of hip-hop poetica written for and by the people.
  • 1989, The Number

    For hip-hop heads 89 was the peak of the Golden Era and the Crack Epidemic.
  • This Is Modern Art

    A glimpse into the lives of anonymous graffiti artists that asks us to question the true purpose of art.
  • A People's History of Chicago

    Named "Best Chicago Poet" by The Chicago Reader, Kevin Coval channels Howard Zinn to celebrate the Windy City's hidden history.
  • A People's History of Chicago

    Named "Best Chicago Poet" by The Chicago Reader, Kevin Coval channels Howard Zinn to celebrate the Windy City's hidden history.
  • The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2

    A BreakBeat Poets anthology to celebrate and canonize the words of Black women across the diaspora.
  • The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2

    A BreakBeat Poets anthology to celebrate and canonize the words of Black women across the diaspora.
  • Commando

  • Commando

  • Human Highlight

    Kevin Coval and Idris Goodwin pay poetic homage to slam dunk virtuoso Dominique Wilkins, and creativity & improvisation in the game of basketball.
  • Black Queer Hoe

    A refreshing, unapologetic intervention into ongoing conversations about the line between sexual freedom and sexual exploitation.

  • Black Queer Hoe

    A refreshing, unapologetic intervention into ongoing conversations about the line between sexual freedom and sexual exploitation.
  • Citizen Illegal

    Citizen Illegal is a revealing portrait of life as a first generation immigrant, a celebration of Chicano joy, a shout against erasure, and a vibrant re-imagining of Mexican American life.
  • Human Highlight

    Kevin Coval and Idris Goodwin pay poetic homage to slam dunk virtuoso Dominique Wilkins, and creativity & improvisation in the game of basketball.

  • On My Way To Liberation

    by H. Melt
    How do you imagine trans liberation while living in a cis world? On My Way To Liberation follows a gender nonconforming body moving through the...
  • Citizen Illegal

    Citizen Illegal is a book composed in the space between Mexico & America. It is a celebration of Chicano joy, a shout against erasure, and a vibrant re-imagining of Mexican American life.
  • Graphite

    Patricia Frazier’s Graphite is an ode to her grandmother and childhood home, the Ida B. Wells Projects, both which the poet lost to...

  • The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 3

    A BreakBeat Poets anthology of writings by Muslims who are women, queer, genderqueer, nonbinary, or trans.
  • Milwaukee Avenue

    “Milwaukee Avenue” is Kevin Coval's longest single poem, inspired by Frank O'Hara's “Second Avenue.” It wrestles with what...
  • Milwaukee Avenue

    “Milwaukee Avenue” is Kevin Coval's longest single poem, inspired by Frank O'Hara's “Second Avenue.” It wrestles with what...
  • The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 3

    A BreakBeat Poets anthology of writings by Muslims who are women, queer, genderqueer, nonbinary, or trans.