Alvin Lau

Spoken Word

ALVIN LAU is a two-time champion of the Chicago youth poetry slam Louder than a Bomb (, a two-time national youth poetry slam champion at Brave New Voices (, a record-setting seven-time individual finalist at the National Poetry Slam and Individual World Poetry Slam, and the current Moth GrandSLAM champion of Chicago. His work has appeared on two seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam, Amnesty International's Spoken Word tour, and numerous journals and magazines, including The Poetry Foundation Online and RATTLE. When not performing, Alvin plays and teaches No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em, and regularly writes strategy columns for publications such as BLUFF and Poker Player UK.


  • Performed at Kollaboration Chicago in 2013
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