Carl Hancock Rux is an American poet, playwright, novelist, actor, director, and singer/songwriter from Harlem, New York. He attended Columbia University, and currently lives and works in New York City. He is praised for his innovative incorporation of elements of hip hop, jazz, and R&B into live poetry readings. He has written several books, plays, and albums, as well as frequently collaborating in the fields of dance, theater, film, and art. In 1999, he presented his Village Voice Literary Prize winning work, Pagan Operetta, a collection of poetry and experimental prose, at The Kitchen.