Rams on the Run: Jewish Hip-Hop Poet Visits KC


Lauren Hassan

Photo by Ms. R. Gina Renee. Ezra Smith (left), Kevin Cobal, and Lauren Hassan
Photo by Ms. R. Gina Renee. HBHA students found Coval’s poems intriguing. Pictured are Ezra Smith (left), Kevin Coval, and Lauren Hassan.

On September 21, 2015, HBHA students and poetry enthusiasts Lauren Hassan, Ezra Smith, and Joel Gutovitz with English instructor R. Gina Renee were spotted at Kevin Coval’s hip-hop poetry reading from his new book “Schtick” in the White Theatre at the Jewish Community Center, Overland Park, KS. Coval is a Jewish slam poet and educator who is passionate about Judaism, hip hop culture, and giving underrepresented American youth a voice. Coval is the cofounder of the annual youth poetry festival “Louder Than a Bomb,” which will be returning to Kansas City in the spring of 2015. Who knows, maybe Team Ram Slam will make its first showing at the festival?