· 2017: Visiting Lecturer, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University

· 2017: Creative Consultant, Alonzo King LINES Ballet Spring Season

· 2016: Selector, Poet's Corner at St. John the Divine

· 2015: Host, “Language Matters with Bob Holman” a film by David Grubin

· 2015: Director, "Khonsay: Poem of Many Tongues" (film)

·2015: Executive Committee, Ideas City Festival

· 2010- Co-Director, Endangered Language Alliance

· 2010: Artistic Director, POEMobile: “A White Wing Brushing the Building,” poetry projections, Rockefeller Foundation

· 2010: Host, “On the Road w/ Bob Holman” 3-part series, LinkTV

· 2009: Core Executive Committee, Idea City, New Museum

· 2008- Host/MC, Music Under New York Auditions for subway performers, Grand

 Central station

· 2008- Chief Curator, “Khonsay: Poem of Many Tongues"

· 2007-10: Visiting Professor, NYU, Art and Public Policy, Tisch School of Arts

· 2006- : Originating and touring cast member, Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell

· 2005-7 : Artistic Director, Study Abroad on the Bowery

· 2004-5: Poet-in Residence, WNYC, New York Public radio

· 2003- : Visiting Professor of Writing, Columbia University School of the Arts

· 2002: Artistic Director, Bowery Arts & Science

· 2001- : Proprietor, Bowery Poetry Club

· 1998-2002: Visiting Professor of Writing and Integrated Arts, Bard College

· 1998-9: Poetry commentator, “Anthem,” NPR

· 1998-9: Spoken Word Director, Cductive Interactive

· 1997-06: Chief Curator, the Peoples Poetry Gathering

· 1995-10: Executive Director, Bowery Arts & Science, Ltd (formerly Washington Square Arts)

· 1995-9: Founder/Vice-President, Artist Development, Mouth Almighty/Mercury Records

· 1995- : Guide, poetry.About.com

· 1995-6: On-line Host for Spoken Word site, iGuide Internet Server

· 1995-6: Curator/Host “Off the Beat’n Path” poetry series, Whitney Museum

· 1993-9: Organizer/Host, “rAP mEETS pOETRY” at Fez, S.O.B’s, Knitting Factory

· 1993-6: Professor of Writing, The New School for Social Research

· 1993-6 Executive/Artistic Director, Nuyorican Poets Cafe Live! Touring Company

· 1993: Curator, “The Melting Point of Ice” poetry series, The Whitney Museum

· 1992-6: Creator/Producer, “The United States of Poetry,” 5-part series, PBS

· 1990-2: Producer/performer, “Smokin Word,” “Words in Your Face,” “Spoken Word Unplugged,” other poetry videos for PBS and MTV

· 1990-1: Organizer and Host, “Public Poetry,” Joseph Papp Public Theatre

· 1988-96: Co-Director, Poetry Slam Host, Nuyorican Poets Cafe

· 1988-9: Organizer and Co-Host, “Poets in the Bars: A Celebration of the Oral Tradition”

· 1987-95: Producer/Host of “Poetry Spots,” WNYC-TV

· 1987: Organizer, “US Poets Invade Nicaragua” Tour (Ginsberg, Cardenal, et al)

· 1986-8: Poet, Poetry/Video Learning Project, NYC Board of Ed Anti-Dropout Program

· 1985: Host, “Lines” Radio Series, Detroit Institute for the Arts

· 1978-84: Coordinator/Host/Workshop Leader, Poetry Project at St. Marks Church

· 1977-80: Poet, CETA Artist Project

· 1977-80: Founding Editor, NYC Poetry Calendar

· 1974- : Director, Poets Theater, NYC



Books Written/Edited


Sing This One Back To Me, Coffee House Press, 2013

Crossing State Lines: An American Renga, co-edited, Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011

Picasso in Barcelona, Paper Kite Press, 2011

BOX, a performance book, Purgatory Pie Press, 2009

A Couple of Ways of Doing Something, a collaboration with Chuck Close, Art of this Century/Pace Editions, 2003. Aperture, 2006.

The Book of Sana’a : Poetry of Abd Al-aziz Al-maqalih, co-translated, Yemen Translation Series, Number 4, 2006

Carved Water: Poems by Zhang Er, translated Holman, Tinfish, 2003

Beach Simplifies Horizon: Drawings by Bob Moskowitz, The Grenfell Press: NY, 1998

The United States of Poetry, an anthology co-edited and with an Introduction by, accompanying the Public Television series, Abrams: NY, March, 1996

Bob Holman’s The Collect Call of the Wild: Poems, Henry Holt: NY, 1995

ALOUD! Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, an anthology co-edited by, Henry Holt:NY, 1994

Cupid’s Cashbox: Poems, Drawings by Elizabeth Murray, Jordan Davies: NY, 1990

PANIC*DJ: Performance Text, VRI Theater Library: Imperial Beach, CA, 1987; 2nd edition, University Arts Resources:NYC, 1990

SWEAT&SEX&POLITICS!, Peeka Boo Press: Teaticket, MA, 1986

8 Chinese Poems, Peeka Boo Press: Teaticket, MA, 1981

Tear To Open, Power Mad Press: NY, 1979

The Rainbow Raises Its Shoulder/When A Flower Grows, Chinatown Planning Council: NY, 1979

Bicentennial Suicide, a novel to be performed, Frontward Books: NY, 1976


Anthologies (Selected List)

Up Is Up, But So Is Down: New York’s Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992, NYU Press, 2009

Intro to:Bullets & Butterflies: queer spoken word poetry: ed. Emmanuel Xavier, Suspect Thought, 2005

Spoken Word Revolution, ed. Eleveld & Smith, Sourcebooks, 2003

Bum Rush the Page, ed. Medina Rivera, MTV/Penguin,2002

Short Fuse: Global Anthology, ed. Swift & Norton, Rattapallax, 2002

Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance, ed. Glazner, Manic D, 2000

Intro to: Poetry Nation: North American Anthology of Fusion Poetry, ed: Cabico & Swift, Vehicule: 1999

Thus Spake the Corpse: Exquisite Corpse Reader, ed. Codrescu, Black Sparrow, 1999

American Poets Say Good-bye to the 20th Century, ed. Codrescu, 4 Walls 8 Windows: NY, 1996

Intro to: Song of the Siren: Dana Bryant (Boulevard ), 1995

Out of This World, ed. Anne Waldman, Crown:NY, 1990

Up Late: American Poetry Since 1970, ed. Andrei Codrescu, 4 Walls 8 Windows: NY, 1988,1991


Writing Workshops (selected list)

Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne 2013

Calgary Spoken Word Festival, 2013

Edmonton Poetry Festival, 2012

Stony Brook Writing Program, Turkana Basin, Kenya, 2012

USC, “Page Meets Stage,” w/ Karamo Susso, 2012

International Iowa Writers Program, Nepal, UAE, 2011

US Poets in Mexico, Merida, 2009

Center for Creative Arts, Santa Fe, 2007

Warsaw, Poland: New Poetry 2004

Literaturhaus/Writers Room, Hamburg, 1997

University of Kentucky, 1996

Arizona State University, 1996

Gathering of the Tribes, “The Stoop,” 1990-96

Banff Centre for the Arts, 1994, 2000, 2008, 20010

Bennington July Program, 1993-5

The Loft/Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1993

Rochester Institute of Technology, 1992

Naropa Institute, Summer, 1991, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012

Cleveland Art Institute, 1991,1994

Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1990

Intersection for the Arts (San Francisco), 1989



Video/Film (Selected List)

Language Matters with Bob Holman, Grubin Productions, PBS, 2015

DeAf Jam, documentary of ASL Poetry, Judy Lieff, Direcor, 2012

On the Road: three documentaries on Endangered Languages, LinkTV 2011

On the Griot Trail, host, Rattapallax Films 2008

Ginsberg’s Karma, host/performer/poet, Rattapallax Films, trailer

The World of Poetry: Poetries of Endangered Languages media project, creator/host, in production

We Are the Dinosaur, performer, Shoot the Poem PoVideo Festival, directed by Charles Dennis 2005

Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam, performer, HBO, 2004

Whatever I Was Thinking Of, Lower East Side Short Film Festival selection, 2003

Slam, Poetry slam host, Sundance award-winning film, major release, directed by Marc Levin, 1998

The United States of Poetry, 5-part PBS series, creator/producer, 1996

Word Up!, performer, three spots for “Much Music,” Canadian MTV, 1994

Spoken Word Unplugged, performer/consultant, MTV, 1993

Words in Your Face, producer/performer, “Alive from Off Center,” PBS, 1991

Smokin’ Word, MTV spoken word pilot, producer/performer, 1990

Panic*DJ! Bob Holman Live at the Club LaMama, full-length feature, 5/4 Video, 1990

We Interrupt This Program, “Poetry Spots,” WNYC-TV, New York, 1988

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Audio (Selected List)

"Twll tyllu" ("Digging Hole"), on Bethel CD, Gai Toms, 2012

The Awesome Whatever, CD, produced by Vito Ricci, Bowery Records, 2007

WNYC Radio “Poet Laureate,” 2004-5

In with the Out Crowd, solo CD, produced by Hal Willner, Mouth Almighty Records, 1998

Poetry in Motion II, Performer, Voyager CD-ROM, 1996

Flippin the Script: Rap Meets Poetry, Performer/Host, Mouth Almighty/Mercury, 1996

Poemfone: New Word Order, Performer, Tomato Records, 1996

Wild Words, Performer, Cups Records, 1995

Word Up, Performer, Virgin EMI Records, 1995

Grand Slam: Best of the San Francisco National Slam, Producer, NuYo Records, 1994

Nuyorican Symphony: A Spoken Word Compilation, Producer/Performer, Knitting Factory Rec's, 1994

"1990," on Knitting Factory IV, A & M Records, NYC, 1990

“Mouth Almighty: The Poets Label,” “Fresh Air,” 1997

"Dark Star Crew at BAM," National Public Radio, "All Things Considered," Sept. 2, 1990

"Poets in the Bars," National Public Radio, "All Things Considered," 4/29/89

"Bob Holman, the Plain White Rapper," National Public Radio "Morning Edition," 2/7/89

"Rap It Up" on Sugar, Alcohol, and Meat, Giorno’s Dial-A-Poet, 1980

"An Oral History of the Poetry Project," recorded in 1979, unreleased


Theater Direction (Selected List)

The Cause of Gravity/The Whore of the Alpines/Bicentennial Suicide by Bob Rosenthal & Bob Holman, St. Marks Church, Woods Hole Theater Festival et al

The Gas Heart by Tristan Tzara and Jet of Blood by Antonin Artaud, St. Marks Church/ Ward-Nasse Gallery (NYC)

UBU Roi, Ubu Chained Up, Various Ubi, sets/costumes: Jeff Way. St Mark’s, La MaMa

Mayakovsky, A Tragedy, Vladimir Mayakovsky, St. Marks

Clear the Range, from Ted Berrigan’s novel, adapted Rosenthal/Holman St. Clement’s

4 Plays by Edwin Denby, sets Elizabeth Murray, costumes Judith Shea, Eye & Ear

The White Snake by Ed Friedman sets Robert Kushner, Eye & Ear Theater

Paid on Both Sides by W.H. Auden, sets David Hockney, Eye and Ear Theater

EAT ROCKS by Pedro Pietri, New Dramatists NYC

She Is in Tangiers: Life and Work of Jane Bowles by Millicent Dillon, St. Marks

Stop At Nothing, D. Zhonzinsky, The Kitchen

Girls on the Run, John Ashbery (adapted/directed), Bard College

SemiCento, commissioned by the Grakfurt Book Fair on its 50th Anniversarey

SUDDEN EKPHRASIS!: The Poetry of Robert Kelly, (adapted/directed), Bard College

A Night at the Rebel Café by Ed Sanders, Bowery Poetry Club

Sunjata!, The Kitchen



Columbia College, AB, English, 1970 (Studied with Kenneth Koch, Eric Bentley, Michael Goldman, Michael Wood)

St. Marks Poetry Project, 1974-78 (Studied with Ted Berrigan, Alice Notley, Bernadette Mayer)



Awards (Selected List)

Urban Word Champions Award, 2012

Villager Award, Greenwich Village Historical Preservation Society, 2011

Hearing Our Voices Award, Voices Unbroken Incarcerated Youth Program 2011

Zebra Film Festival, “Founder of Poetry Video” Presentation, 2010

Elizabeth Kray Poetry Award from Poets House, 2006

NYU “Community Citizen of the Year,” 2005

Greenwich Village Historical Society, Preservation Award for Bowery Poetry Club, 2004

Zebra Poetry Film Festival, US selection, 2004

New York Public Library Minerva Award, 2003

Downtown Short Film Festival, selected screening, 2003

Poets & Writers Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, 2003

Zebra First International Poetry Film Festival, “Bob Holman Special,” Berlin, 2002

National Arts Award, Anderson Ranch, 2002

Curbstone Press, “Honored Poet Award,” 2000

National Poetry Slam Championship, Mouth Almighty Team coach, 1997-98

XXth Biennales Internationales de Poesie, Liege, 1996

Input (International Public Television Award), 1996

Sundance Film Festival, 1996

San Francisco Film Festival, 1995

Before Columbus American Book Award, 1994

New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow, 1993, 2001

Legend Award, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 1993

Bessie Award, Performance Excellence, 1992

Emmy for Local Programming, “Poetry Spots II,” 1992

Input (International Public Television) 1992

Chicago Poetry Video Festival, Featured Artist, 1992, 1995

Emmys for Local Arts Programming and Editing, “Poetry Spots,” 1988


Boards and Panels

Big Vision, Empty Wallet, Advisory 2011-

CUNY Poetics Nationa Board 2010-

City Lore, 2009-

Opium Magazine, 2008-

Ugly Duckling Press, Advisory, 2006-

HOWL! Festival, 2005-

Federation of East Village Artists, Board of Directors, 2005-08

National Poetry Series Panel, 2004

National Book Award, Poetry Panel, 2002

Yaddo, 2001-ongoing

Cave Canem, Advisory, since 1999

Atlantic Center for the Arts, National Council, since 1998

Youth Speaks, since 1998

Poets House, Board of Directors, 1997-2000

A Gathering of the Tribes, 1994-2000

New York State Council on the Arts Literary Panel, 1996-1999, 2007-8

New York Foundation for the Arts Literature Panel, 1992

Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Inc., 1989-1996

St. Marks Poetry Project, 1980-84