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Tonight at the Southbank Centre in London, performance poet and musician Saul Williams introduces his new anthology, Chorus: A Literary Mixtape, an introduction to 100 young street poets, students and outsiders he is championing. Litro Lab is delighted to welcome Saul to the podcast to talk about the anthology and his own work.
Saul Williams is a performance poet and musician whose fierce, philosophical rants cross genres and weave together hip hop, politics and poetry. Starting out performing his poetry at the legendary Nuyorican Poets open-mic events in the 1990s, Saul Williams has gone on to release rap albums, publish poetry books and star in Slam, the film that won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes in 1998.
In this podcast you’ll hear Saul talking about the anthology and reading a meta-poem he has written using words from the work of the 100 poems in the Chorus anthology. You’ll also hear the voices of some of the poets who contributed to the book reading their work: Caits Meissner reading “Kissing”, Joshua Kleinberg reading “Transient”, Matt Mason reading “Connections”, Inua Ellams reading “Guerilla Garden Writing Poem”, and Bree Rolfe reading “Non-Verbal Learning Disorder”.
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Saul Williams’ Literary Mixtape is on at the Southbank Centre tonight, Thursday 29th November.