"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."
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."
Apr 7, 2016