Her Word is Bond: Psalm One in conversation with Jill Hopkins

Wed Jul 06 2022 at 06:30 pm to 09:00 pm

Haymarket House | Chicago

Haymarket Books
Publisher/HostHaymarket Books
Her Word is Bond: Psalm One in conversation with Jill Hopkins
Join Psalm One and special guest Jill Hopkins at Haymarket House for a celebration of her new memoir Her Word Is Bond.
About this Event

“Nowhere near famous but still infamous,” Psalm One is a legend to rap nerds, scholars, and “heads,” and has gone on to work with the brightest names in rap and have her work celebrated and taught around the globe. In , Psalm One tells her own story, from growing up in Englewood, Chicago through her life as a chemist, teacher, and legendary rapper. Intrinsically feminist, this story is a celebration of the life and career of one artist who blazed the trail for women in hip hop.

Get Her Word is Bond from Haymarket: https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/1660-her-word-is-bond

Join us for a limited-capacity in-person book launch event and celebration with Psalm One and special guest Jill Hopkins. Please note: this is an in-person only event and will not be live-streamed.

Masks and proof of vaccination are required for all attendees. Doors will open at 6:00 PM.



Cristalle Bowen, pka Psalm One, has been consistently recognized as one of independent hip hop’s most forward thinkers. A prolific recording, touring and mentoring artist, Psalm has been featured in publications from Forbes to Rolling Stone.

Since 2006 she has commanded festival and venue stages all over the United States and Europe, sharing bills with everyone from 50 Cent to Jean Grae to Odd Future.

More than an entertainer, Psalm is a scholar, teacher and is very active in her community, serving as treasurer on the board of a disaster relief organization. Psalm has been an exciting artist to watch for more than a decade — a champion for women and lgbtqai+ artists.

Jill Hopkins is the New Media and Civic Events Producer for the Metro venues in Chicago, and the host of the Making Beyoncé, The Opus, and the Have You Met podcasts. She’s also a pop culture critic with bylines at The A.V. Club, Chicago Reader, Consequence of Sound, Riot Fest’s blog, Noisey, and more. Jill’s a comedic essayist with regular appearances at The Paper Machete, and is the emcee of the live Moth StorySlam events in Chicago for NPR. She’s moderated panels and conversations for the Chicago Humanities Festival and Chicago Ideas Week.

Jill is also a longtime club DJ, who has manned the decks opening for Big Freedia, Har Mar Superstar, Michael Shannon, and a host of local bands. NewCity Magazine named her as one of 2019’s “Music 45: Who Keeps Chicago In Tune.”


This event is sponsored by Haymarket Books. While all of our events are freely available, we ask that those who are able make a solidarity donation in support of our important publishing and programming work.


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Haymarket House, 800 West Buena Avenue, Chicago, United States


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