Why I Rhyme

September 21, 2009

Here’s an essay I wrote for the LA Times called Why I Rhyme — it’s about how I started writing poetry, rhyming, other things, part of a cool series they do called Off The Shelf.

The panel at Brooklyn Book Festival was great, a little thing about it with a picture of me and Thurston Moore and Lupe Fiasco and Tracie Morris is here.

And a picture I took of Thurston when we were both signing books. He has a huge line of people in front of him. I have time to take his picture.

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Upcoming readings and news

September 6, 2009

So, I’m headed to NY for a couple of fun things.

First, a reading for Paragraph, at Clay Spa, with Timothy Donnelly and Darin Strauss, at 8pm on Friday, September 11th, for details click here.

And then, more strangely, a panel on that Sunday the 13th at the Brooklyn Book Festival, moderated by TourĂ©, with Tracie Morris, Thurston Moore, and Lupe Fiasco. We will probably talk about skateboarding, rhyme, Rakeem, alternate tunings … actually I have no idea. Here are the specifics about the panel, which is on Sunday at noon:

12:00 P.M. Poetry, Pop, and Hip-Hop. A panel discussing how poets, songwriters, and rappers push language in new and essential ways. Featuring Lupe Fiasco, Thurston Moore, Tracie Morris and Matthew Zapruder, moderated by Touré.

For the official Facebook site with info, click here. If you’re in NY, come say hi!