Bob Holman has been a central figure in redefining poetry, and has played a significant role in the spoken word movements of the last several decades, traversing genres, styles, and mediums. He is the author of 16 poetry collections, most recently "Sing This One Back to Me". He was the original slam-master and a director of the Nuyorican Poets Café, coordinator and curator at St. Mark’s Poetry Project, creator of the world's first spoken word poetry record label, Mouth Almighty/Mercury, and the proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club. As a professor, he has taught at Columbia, New York University, Bard, and The New School.
At the forefront of the intersection of poetry and film, Holman has produced and hosted a number of television series and various films including "On the Road with Bob Holman” and "Language Matters", both of which documented the poetry of endangered languages. In 2010, he co-founded the Endangered Language Alliance, where he currently serves as co-director.
Holman has worked closely with influential dance critic and poet Edwin Denby, as well as with choreographer Molissa Fenley, but this partnership with Alonzo King LINES Ballet will be his first collaboration utilizing his endangered language recordings collection with a major dance company.