ROAM AGENCY

L-VIS LIVES
racemusic poems

By Kevin Coval

 

Haymarket Books (September 2011, world English rights)

Trade paper • ISBN-13: 9781608461516 • US $16 • 5.5 in x 8.5 in • 100 pgs.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

An American archetype, “L-vis” lives! in this poetic journey of artists past and present who useand misuse Black culture.

PRAISE:

“This book is bold, brave and morally messy – twelve rounds of knock-down, drag-out shadowboxing against a shapeshifter. The dark humor, intellectual fervor, and emotional rigor Coval brings to bear animates these pieces, turns caricatures to characters, implicates us all. It’s about time.”

Adam Mansbach, author, Go the F**k to Sleep

 

“A new, glowing voice in the world of literature.”

Studs Terkel

 

“L-vis is an unstinting excavation of race and culture, art and ownership. Though dubbed ‘post-racial,’ Coval reminds us America is a country in which race is always receding but ever returning to the center of our consciousness. With poignancy, humor, and no small amount of soul, Coval has fashioned a poetry for the present.”

Adam Bradley, co-editor, The Anthology of Rap

 

“Tough and smart, real and surreal, aching and funny, in-the-tradition and startlingly original, the trials of L-Vis show us the challenges of giving up on whiteness — a process at once monumentally hard, too easy, and absolutely necessary.”

David Roediger, author of How Race Survived U.S. History

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kevin Coval is the author of Slingshots and Everyday People, and co-founder and Artistic Director of Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Teen Poetry Festival. A regular contributor to Chicago Public Radio, and a four-time HBO Def Poet, Coval teaches in schools around Chicago.

OTHER TITLES BY THIS AUTHOR:

A People’s History of Chicago

Human Highlight: An Ode To Dominique Wilkins (with Idris Goodwin)

Schtick

This Is Modern Art: A Play (with Idris Goodwin)

The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop

RIGHTS INFORMATION:

Please contact subagents for the following languages and territories:

Language/Territory Subagent
China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and VietnamBig Apple Agency
DutchSebes & Bisseling Literary Agency
English outside North AmericaDavid Grossman Literary Agency
FrenchDeborah Druba Agency
GermanPaul & Peter Fritz AG Literatur Agentur
GreekRead n' Right Agency
HebrewThe Deborah Harris Agency
ItalianBerla & Griffini Rights Agency
JapaneseThe English Agency (Japan) Ltd
KoreanBC Agency, or Korea Copyright Center
PortugueseRIFF Agency
Russia/Baltics/Eastern EuropePrava I Prevodi
Scandinavia Sebes & Bisseling Literary Agency
Spanish in Latin AmericaInternational Editors' Co., S.A.
Spanish in SpainInternational Editors' Co., S.A.
TurkishAnatolialit Agency

For all other languages/territories, please contact Roam Agency.