Poetry and Rhythm & Poetry: Live
July 21, 2021 – 10:00AM to 10:20AM
A former Chicago social worker, Peter Kahn has been an English teacher since 1994 and a Spoken Word Educator since 2003 at Oak Park/River Forest High School. He created the Spoken Word Club in 1999. A founding member of the London poetry collective Malika’s Kitchen, he co-founded the London Teenage Poetry Slam and, as a Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths-University of London, created the Spoken Word Education Training Programme and then created similar programs at Concordia University-Chicago and Roosevelt University. Peter was a featured speaker at the National Council of Teachers of English’s annual convention and runner-up in the NCTE and Penguin Random House Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry. Along with Patricia Smith and Ravi Shankar, he edited The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks reviewed in The New York Times by Claudia Rankine. Peter’s 2020 poetry collection, Little Kings has poems featured in The London Guardian and The Forward Book of Poetry.
Rich Robbins is a rapper, a poet, a producer, and an educator. But more than anything, the Oak Park-born, Chicago-based artist is a world-builder. In his young career, he has journeyed from Chicago to Philly to Madison, WI. Rich’s early years in the First Wave hip-hop scholarship program at UW Madison jumpstarted his artistry. He has recorded wide-reaching tracks like “Dreams” feat. Mick Jenkins and collaborated with other Chicago heavy-hitters like Saba, and Mother Nature. His latest project “On The Horizon” has been covered by Elevator Mag and These days. In the album, Rich invites you to bring all your baggage, and unsaddle yourself for a while. Each song is a chance to sit with the good and the bad, and provides the necessary reflection to understand both.
Educator & Poet