Spoken-word poet and arts activist Bob Holman was born in Harlan, Kentucky, and grew up in Ohio. A central figure in the New York City spoken-word poetry community, Holman founded the Bowery Poetry Club in 2002W. ith linguists Daniel Kaufman and Juliette Blevins, he founded the Endangered Language Alliance in New York City. Holman has also served as artistic director of the nonprofit Bowery Arts + Science. Founder of the spoken-word label Mouth Almighty/Mercury, Holman produced the PBS series The United States of Poetry and several audio recordings of his own work, including The Awesome Whatever. He has taught at Columbia University and New York University.