saul williams
1996 Nuyorican Grand Slam Champion

To thousands of youth across America, Saul Williams has defined and redefined poetry as an accessible, living art form. His poetry has served as the archetype for a new generation of poets and spoken word artists.

His groundbreaking work as a writer and actor in the critically acclaimed film, "Slam" (Sundance's Grand Jury Prize '98; Cannes' Camera D'Or '98); placed him as a figurehead of the spoken word/slam poetry movement that has spread across the United States and culminated in such commercial successes as Def Poetry Jam.

Saul is the author of three collections of poetry ", said the shotgun to the head" (2003 MTV Books/Simon and Schuster), "She" (1999 MTV Books/Simon and Schuster), and "The Seventh Octave" (1997 Moore Black Press). His musical debut, "Amethyst Rock Star", (2001 American Recordings/Island Def Jam) was produced by legendary rock/hip hop producer Rick Rubin and received high praises, including "album of the year" by the Times of London.

Williams has lectured and presented his work at nearly one hundred universities and colleges here and abroad. Saul has performed, toured, and lectured across the world and perhaps, the nation's youngest poet to have his writings added to the cirriculum of dozens of high schools and colleges across the country. Saul has made several television appearances, including: a recurring role on the UPN hit sitcom Girlfriends; HBO's Def Poetry Jam; the Orlando Jones Show; The Chris Rock Show, Politically Incorrect and many more. His writings appear in several anthologies and periodicals such as "Catch the Fire" and The New York Times respectively. Bio is from www.saulwilliams.com. Please see Saul's site for recent books and projects.

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