Acclaimed poet and musician Saul Williams is back, following his sold-out show at this summer's London Literature Festival. Williams' open-mic escapades with the Nuyorican Poets peaked at Sundance when the film 'Slam' won the Grand Jury Prize, and the art world celebrated the arrival of a whole new kind of talent.
He has pinball-bounced from Morehouse philosophy scholar to cerebral street sermoniser to breakout indie actor. He has read poetry to opera house audiences with full orchestral backing.
In a new collection, 'Chorus', Saul offers an introduction to 100 young street poets, students and outsiders who might not otherwise have their voices heard.
Saul is joined on stage by Kenyan-born Somali poet, writer, essayist and editor Warsan Shire. Born in 1988, she has read her work internationally, most recently in South Africa, Italy and Germany. She is the current poetry editor for 'Spook' magazine. Her poetry has been translated into Italian, Spanish and Portuguese and she uses her work to document stories of journey and trauma. Her first book 'Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth' is published by Flipped Eye. Her work has appeared in Wasafiri, Vogue Italia, Undertow and Liberator magazines.
Also appearing tonight is Inua Ellams, who was born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria in 1984. He works as a poet, playwright, performer and graphic designer/artist. He has seven books published including 'Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales' (poetry, Flipped Eye, 2005) and 'The 14th Tale' (play, Flipped Eye, 2009) which was commissioned by the Battersea Arts Centre and awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival, before a sold-out run at The National Theatre in London. His third theatre piece, 'Black T-Shirt Collection' (play, Oberon, 2012) also ran at the National Theatre during its national tour. His second pamphlet 'Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars' was published by Flipped Eye last November.