Poet, dramatist, novelist, and musician Carl Hancock Rux recently released a volume of poems, Pagan Operetta, and a spoken word/music CD from Sony, entitled Rux Revue, which explores combinations of poetry, soul, rock, hip-hop, jazz, and folk blues. Rux is a product of Harlem, New York City's foster care system, and Columbia University -- while his work has ghetto roots and rhythms, it is informed by a careful reading of the modern and contemporary masters.

Rux has performed in Europe, West Africa, Indonesia, and Scandinavia, working with such artists as Vernon Reid, Toshi Reagon, and Nona Hendryx, as well as The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, The Urban Bush Women, and Movin' Spirits Dance Theater. He was recently featured on National Public Radio and in The Village Voice, which named him one of "Eight Writers on the Verge of Impacting the Literary Landscape," and selected by the New York Times Magazine as "One of Thirty Artists Under the Age of Thirty Most Likely to Influence Culture Over the Next Thirty Years."

 

Poems by Carl Hancock Rux

Asylum Of Gestures

Elmina Blues (pidgin Drum Song)

Just Asking

Poetry Center Reading:

Fall 1999 (with Suheir Hammad)