Tim'm West: Reading & Q&A
Tim'm T. West is a poet, scholar, rapper, and youth activist who was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised primarily in rural Arkansas. A contemporary Renaissance man, he is a featured voice in many documentaries about hip hop and masculinity because of his ground-breaking work as a gay-identified hip hop artist, AIDS activist, and youth advocate, among other affiliations. A teacher and cultural producer at a number of secondary and post-secondary institutions, as well as a former varsity basketball coach, West has a B.A. from Duke University and graduate degrees from The New School for Social Research and Stanford University. He is author to several books, is widely anthologized, and also has produced and released nine hip hop albums, the first several with iconic queer rap group D/DC. In 2013 he released his first solo project, "snapshots." Tim'm West travels and lectures widely and, professionally serves as Director of Youth Programs at Center On Halsted in Chicago.