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"Meet Award-Winning Poet, Hip Hop Artist & Oakland Native Chinaka Hodge"

Chinaka Hodge interviewed for 7x7.

-7x7 Nov 7, 2016

"Notes from the Kitchen Sisterhood / Fall 2016"

Dated Emcees appears on the Kitchen Sisters "Books we are reading" list.

-The Kitchen Sisters Oct 18, 2016

"Chinaka Hodge Filters Life Through Hip-Hop"

Profile on Chinaka Hodge and her new book Dated Emcees.

-Oakland Magazine Sep 13, 2016

"Daveed Diggs raps on life, hurdles and 'Hamilton'"

Coverage of Chinaka Hodge's interview with her friend Daveed Diggs that took place at JCCSF on Saturday, September 10.

-San Francisco Chronicle Sep 12, 2016

"Ask a Mutha: Summer's Not Over Yet—The Reading List You Still Need"

Dated Emcees selected as a best summer read in 2016 by Mutha Magazine

-Mutha Magazine Aug 5, 2016

"Chinaka Hodge Talks Emcees & Aging"

Chinaka Hodge interviewed by Niema Jordan about Dated Emcees.

-Frank Aug 3, 2016

"Don't Miss Chinaka Hodge Tonight at the New Parish"

On her blog, Aya de Leon writes about Chinaka Hodge, her new book Dated Emcees, in anticipation of Hodge's release party at the New Parish in Oakland.

-Aya de Leon Jun 30, 2016

"Chinaka Hodge releases 'Dated Emcees'"

Announcement and details on the Oakland release party for Dated Emcees happening at the New Parish on June 30, 2016.

-SF Gate Jun 27, 2016

"Chinaka Hodge and Hip-Hop's Golden Age"

Chinaka Hodge and Dated Emcees profiled in East Bay Express.

-East Bay Express Jun 21, 2016

"Chinaka Hodge on Love, Hip Hop and the Changing Face of Oakland"

Chinaka Hodge's hour-long interview on KQED Forum, includes readings from Dated Emcees, and listener questions.

-KQED Forum Jun 17, 2016

"Entertainment Weekly Highlights the Two new Emcees Taking to the Page in 2016"

Coverage of Dated Emcees mention in Consortium's blog, Bookslinger. Includes a quote from City Lights publisher/exective director Elaine Katzenberger on acquiring the book from author Chinaka Hodge.

-Consortium Bookslinger May 23, 2016

"11 Best Things We Saw at BookExpo America 2016"

Entertainment Weekly highlights their BEA, which took place in Chicago in May 2016. Dated Emcees was among the best things they saw.

". . . And from City Lights Press, meet Chinaka Hodge, author of Dated Emcees—a collection of poems about hip-hop and her experiences in relationships with other rappers. She's close with Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino, and has collaborated with Hamilton star Daveed Diggs on his album, Small Things to a Giant."

-Entertainment Weekly May 17, 2016

"The BreakBeat Poets: Building a Legacy"

One year ago at the time of the article, Haymarket Books published a groundbreaking poetry collection called The BreakBeat Poets. Featuring the work of seventy-eight different writers, The BreakBeat Poets celebrates the new "BreakBeat Generation." The BreakBeat Generation, as defined by editor Kevin Coval, is a new era whose style is fueled by the hip-hop and spoken-word movements of the Black Arts, Nuyorican, and Beat poets. 

Chinaka Hodge, who was featured in the anthology is spotlighted here with her fellow "BreakBeat Poets" who have new books in 2016.

"Dated Emcees (City Lights Publish) by Chinaka Hodg is a collection of 25 poems, meant to mirror the length of a classic double-album. Hodge's writing is fiercely intelligent and emotionally packed. Each word is so specific and powerful that it feels as if Hodge has invented them just for each poem, just for each reader. Her work explores her own love life through the lens of hip-hop's best known orators, characters, archetypes, and songs. Hodge has been featured in two seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam, as well as on PBS, NPR, and CNN – in other words, she’s kind of a big deal. Dated Emcees will be published on June 7, 2016."

-Consortium Bookslinger Apr 7, 2016