Lobster with Ol' Dirty Bastard

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Poetry. "Michael Cirelli has invented his own electric school of lyric, stamping an unflinching signature on soul-infused stanzas that are alternately tender, tough, revelatory and always, alwaays unapologetic. What's most amazing is that he possesses a voice that doesn't seem to have occurred before--its definitive drum works its way into your head and stays there, making you crave more of the infectious music he drops, exactly the way he drops it. Damn"--Patricia Smith Michael. Cirelli is from Providence, Rhode Island. He is the Executive Director of Urban Word NYC, an award-winning literary arts organization for teens. He is also the author of Hip-Hop Poetry & the Classics (Milk Mug, 2004), and received his MFA in poetry from the New School. His poems have appeared in the New York Quarterly, Texas Review, Hanging Loose, Word Is Bond, Spindle, among others. He has also been featured in World Literature Today, Spoken Word Revolution Redux, HBO's Def Poetry Jam, and King Magazine: The Illest Men's Magazine. He lives in Brooklyn.

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MICHAEL CIRELLI is the Executive Director of Urban Word NYC, an award-winning youth literary arts organization, and also the author of Hip-Hop Poetry & the Classics (Milk Mug 2004), a standards-based teaching curriculum that engages the intersection between hip-hop and "classic" poetry. His first collection of poems, Lobster with Ol' Dirty Bastard (Hanging Loose, 2008), was a NY Times Best Seller for independent presses. He is a veteran of the National Poetry Slam scene, and was the only person to win the Grand Slam Finals in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley all in the same year. His poems have been featured in numerous journals and anthologies, along with articles on his work in Poets & Writers, World Literature Today, Spoken Word Revolution and King Magazine. He was also featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jam and has his MFA in poetry from the New School. His second collection of poems, Vacations on the Black Star Line (Hanging Loose, 2009) is due out this fall. He lives in Brooklyn.

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"[His work] reveals the great artistry of poets and rappers and shows how hip-hop is the evolution of classic poetry." -- Kanye West

"In theory, true poetry can co-exist with spoken word artistry to produce something vital and eye-catching and new. Michael Cirelli is putting that theory into practice." -- David Lehman

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