Bob Holman & Margery Snyder

Poetry Experts


B.A., English and American Literature, University of California at Santa Barbara

B.A., English, Columbia College


  • Bob Holman is a New York City-based poet, multimedia producer, and the author of numerous collections and books on poetry, a professor at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the founder and proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club. 
  • Margery Snyder is a poet, photographer, and editor in San Francisco, who has published three poetry collections and read her work in California, New York, Chicago, Seattle, New Mexico, London, and Prague.


Bob Holman and Margery Snyder are former writers for ThoughtCo, contributing articles on poetry. Bob Holman is a poet, multimedia producer, poetry activist and performance poetry professor who lives in New York City. Margery Snyder is a poet, photographer, flute player and editor who lives in San Francisco. 

Bob has published numerous books, most recently The Poetry of Everyday Life: Storytelling and the Art of Awareness with Steve Zeitlin in 2016. He’s also put poetry on television, radio and the Web, producing The United States of Poetry for PBS, appearing on MTV’s Spoken Word Unplugged and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and serving as poetry commentator on WNYC and NPR. He taught “Exploding Text: Poetry in Performance” at Columbia University, is a professor at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the founder, and proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club.

Margery began her writing life as a short story writer but became a poet when she moved to San Francisco and came under the influence of its community of performing poets. She has given readings of her work all over California and in New York, Chicago, Seattle, New Mexico, Paris, London , and Prague. Her books include Loving Argument (Viridiana, 1991), The Gods, Their Feathers (Blue Beetle Press, 1993) and Earthly Magic (Deep Forest, 2001).


Bob earned an A.B. in English in 1970 at Columbia College, where he studied with Kenneth Koch, Eric Bentley, Michael Goldman, and Michael Wood. He also studied at the St. Mark’s Poetry Project from 1974 to 1978, working with Ted Berrigan and Alice Notley.

Margery graduated with a B.A. in English and American literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1974. She went on to do graduate work at Brandeis University and Northwestern University.

Awards and Publications 

  • Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe (Miguel Algarin and Bob Holman) 
  • Off the Cuffs: Poetry by and about the Police (Jackie Sheeler and Bob Holman) 
  • The Poetry of Everyday Life: Storytelling and the Act of Awareness (Steve Zeitlin and Bob Holman)
  • Chuck Close: A Couple of Ways of Doing Something (Chuck Close and Bob Holman)
  • United States of Poetry (Joshua Blum and Bob Holman) 
  • Bald Ego No. 3 (Bob Holman and David Johansen)
  • Sing This One Back to Me (Bob Holman and Alhaji Papa Susso) 
  • Estamos Aquí: Poems by Migrant Farmworkers (Sylvia Kelly and Bob Holman)
  • Earthly Magic (Margery Snyder)
  • Loving Argument (Margery Snyder)
  • The Gods, Their Feathers (Margery Snyder)


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