Join us for a reading with Kevin Coval, author of Everything Must Go: The Life & Death of an American Neighborhood at City Lit Books on Thrusday, December 5th, 2019 at 6:30 PM. Kevin will be in conversation with Ben Austen, author of High-Risers: Cabrini Green and the Fate of American Public Housing.
Everything Must Go is an illustrated collection of poems in the spirit of a graphic novel, a collaboration between poet Kevin Coval and illustrator Langston Allston. The book celebrates Chicago's Wicker Park in the late 90's, Coval's home as a young artist, before gentrification remade it. The book serves as a template for understanding the process of displacement and reinvention currently at play in American cities.
"In Everything Must Go, Kevin Coval taps into nostalgia familiar as a former lover's cologne. Colorful characters come alive in his prose. They make you laugh and the documentation of a neighborhood undergoing gentrification makes you wince. This book is dope."
--Natalie Moore, author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation
Kevin Coval is an award-winning poet & author of Everything Must Go: The Life & Death of an American Neighborhood, A People's History of Chicago & over ten other full-length collections, anthologies & chapbooks. He is the founding editor of The BreakBeat Poets imprint on Haymarket Books, & Artistic Director of the MacArthur Award-winning cultural organization, Young Chicago Authors, & founder of Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, the world's largest youth poetry festival, now in more than 19 cities across North America. He's got a lot of hustles. He's shared the stage with The Migos & Nelson Mandela, has published in Poetry Magazine, The Chicago Tribune & CNN.com & co-hosts the podcast, The Cornerstore, on WGN Radio, cuz he is in loves to listen to people tell stories. He can be found on the internet @kevincoval.
Ben Austen is a writer from Chicago. He is the author of High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing, which was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Excellence in Nonfiction and named one of the best books of 2018 by Booklist, Mother Jones and the public libraries of Chicago and St. Louis. A former editor at Harper’s Magazine, he is a story consultant on the podcast The City and a senior fellow at the Invisible Institute. His feature writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, The Best American Travel Writing, and many other publications. He is currently at work on a narrative nonfiction book about parole boards and the country’s practices around crime and punishment.