Kao Ra Zen

Spoken Word Artist

Chicago, IL 60630
Phone: 
312-256-5742
Twitter: 

Author's Bio

Kao Ra Zen hails from Chicago, Illinois and is involved in various creative projects involving music, poetry, visual art, and dance.  He has curated events and performed at many prominent venues throughout Chicago including Symphony Center, Links Hall, Dank Haus (German American Cultural Center), Subterranean, Alhambra Palace, and Elastic Arts.  Kao's poetry has appeared in 'Not My President-The Anthology of Dissent' from Thoughtcrime Press, 'Illinois's Best Emerging Poets' and 'America's Best Emerging Poets' from Z Publishing, 'A Love Supreme' (an oral history of Chicago Hip Hop collective, the Nacrobats), Fnewsmagazine, and Tuck Magazine.  In his travels, he has performed and exhibited artwork in Germany and helped to install solar panels in El Salvador.  A recipient of a Presidential Merit scholarship, Kao recently earned his BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Publications & Prizes

Performances:
INVISIBLE PYRAMIDS (2020)
,
(UNITED) STATES OF MATTER (2019)
,
AMERI(KIN)S (2019)
,
NO SUNSHINE (2019)
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GALLERY CABARET PERFORMANCE (2016)
,
BLACK ENOUGH (2015)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Alan Moore, James Baldwin, Neil Gaiman, Robert Anton Wilson, Minister Faust, Michael Moorcock, Saul Williams, Olga Tokarczuk.
What I'm reading now: 
Jerusalem by Alan Moore

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
African American
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Chicago, IL
Illinois
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Last update: Jul 24, 2021