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Saul Williams

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To thousands of youth across America, Saul Williams has defined and redefined poetry as an accessible and living art form. Who he is and what he does vary by mod, mood and mode of expression. He does much more than write, act and perform: He is a true artist. 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), which recently celebrated its 15 year anniversary, placed him as a figurehead of the spoken word/slam poetry movement. Now, it has spread across the United States and culminated in such commercial successes as Def Poetry Jam.

Recently the star of the first hip-hop musical in Broadway history, Holler If Ya Hear Me — a non-biographical story using Tupac Shakur’s music and lyrics — Williams is the author of the poetry collections said the shotgun to the head., She, The Seventh Octave, and his latest, Chorus: A Literary Mixtape. His book The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop gives readers a tour of the history of hip-hop. In 2013, he signed a new book deal with MTV Books, in which he will write poetry about his impressions of America after four years of living abroad, in the tradition of Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg's "America" poems. His writings appear in several anthologies and periodicals such as Catch the Fire and The New York Times. In 2013, he starred in Alain Gomis' TEY, later becoming the first African-American to win Best Actor at FESPACO, the largest and oldest film festival in Africa. The movie also won Best Film.

His musical debut, Amethyst Rock Star, was produced by legendary rock/hip-hop producer Rick Rubin and received high praises, such as Album of the Year by The Times of London. In November 2007, Williams released his third album, The Inevitable Rise and Fall of Niggy Tardust, produced and backed up by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. In November 2011, he released Volcanic Rock, featuring the soulful, beat-driven track “Explain My Heart,” which was featured in an Adidas commercial for Smart Soccer and more recently, in Aujourd’hui, a film by Senegalese director Alain Gomis starring Williams. The film, which follows Williams’ character during the last 24 hours of his life, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2012. Recently, he signed a deal with Fader for a new album, titled Martyr Loser King, to be released in 2015. The music from the album is the soundtrack to the musical Williams is writing, of the same name, which will premiere in New York at the same time as the album.

Williams has contributed his skills to the Not in Our Name pro-peace initiative. His draft of their Pledge of Resistance served as a manifesto for millions across the world who have sought to stop the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Williams has also headlined the sixth annual MTN Bushfire Festival of the Arts, a three-day music, theatre, fine arts, film and multicultural event in Swaziland that gives 100 percent of its proceeds to the children of the AIDS-ravaged country.

Williams has presented his work to nearly 100 universities and colleges in the US and abroad. He has performed, toured and lectured across the world and is the nation’s youngest poet to have his writings added to the curriculum of dozens of high schools and colleges across the country. As a creative person, Williams encourages audiences to value the art of self expression. Sharing personal triumphs and tribulations, he illustrates how his heightened experience has fueled his understanding of love, compassion and humanity.

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The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop

The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop

Said the Shotgun to the Head

Said the Shotgun to the Head

She

She

Speaking Topics
  • An Evening of Poetry

  • The Evolution of Hip-Hop

  • The Connection between Hip-Hop & Poetry

  • My Experience Living Abroad: A Black American Artist & Afro-Futurism

News
  • Saul Williams, The English Beat to perform at The Pyramid Scheme

    GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Pyramid Scheme has booked a pair of high-profile shows: Poet and hip-hop artist Saul Williams, and reformed 1980s 2 Tone ska band The English Beat...

  • A Different Kind of Dance: Saul Williams' Volcanic Sunlight

    From a man who's known as much for his biting, verbose cultural and political criticism, it was hard to know what to expect from a new record that was called, by the artist himself in the press release announcing it, "a dance album." But spoken-word poet, writer, musician, and activist Saul Williams hasn't gone soft on Volcanic Sunlight, his fourth full-length album. It's just that his priorities...

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Saul Williams

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Saul Williams Biography

To thousands of youth across America, Saul Williams has defined and redefined poetry as an accessible and living art form. Who he is and what he does vary by mod, mood and mode of expression. He does much more than write, act and perform: He is a true artist. 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), which recently celebrated its 15 year anniversary, placed him as a figurehead of the spoken word/slam poetry movement. Now, it has spread across the United States and culminated in such commercial successes as Def Poetry Jam.

Recently the star of the first hip-hop musical in Broadway history, Holler If Ya Hear Me — a non-biographical story using Tupac Shakur’s music and lyrics — Williams is the author of the poetry collections said the shotgun to the head., She, The Seventh Octave, and his latest, Chorus: A Literary Mixtape. His book The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop gives readers a tour of the history of hip-hop. In 2013, he signed a new book deal with MTV Books, in which he will write poetry about his impressions of America after four years of living abroad, in the tradition of Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg's "America" poems. His writings appear in several anthologies and periodicals such as Catch the Fire and The New York Times. In 2013, he starred in Alain Gomis' TEY, later becoming the first African-American to win Best Actor at FESPACO, the largest and oldest film festival in Africa. The movie also won Best Film.

His musical debut, Amethyst Rock Star, was produced by legendary rock/hip-hop producer Rick Rubin and received high praises, such as Album of the Year by The Times of London. In November 2007, Williams released his third album, The Inevitable Rise and Fall of Niggy Tardust, produced and backed up by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. In November 2011, he released Volcanic Rock, featuring the soulful, beat-driven track “Explain My Heart,” which was featured in an Adidas commercial for Smart Soccer and more recently, in Aujourd’hui, a film by Senegalese director Alain Gomis starring Williams. The film, which follows Williams’ character during the last 24 hours of his life, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2012. Recently, he signed a deal with Fader for a new album, titled Martyr Loser King, to be released in 2015. The music from the album is the soundtrack to the musical Williams is writing, of the same name, which will premiere in New York at the same time as the album.

Williams has contributed his skills to the Not in Our Name pro-peace initiative. His draft of their Pledge of Resistance served as a manifesto for millions across the world who have sought to stop the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Williams has also headlined the sixth annual MTN Bushfire Festival of the Arts, a three-day music, theatre, fine arts, film and multicultural event in Swaziland that gives 100 percent of its proceeds to the children of the AIDS-ravaged country.

Williams has presented his work to nearly 100 universities and colleges in the US and abroad. He has performed, toured and lectured across the world and is the nation’s youngest poet to have his writings added to the curriculum of dozens of high schools and colleges across the country. As a creative person, Williams encourages audiences to value the art of self expression. Sharing personal triumphs and tribulations, he illustrates how his heightened experience has fueled his understanding of love, compassion and humanity.

Saul Williams Videos

  • Saul Williams: "MartyrLoserKing" | Talks at Google
  • FULL INTERVIEW: Saul Williams - YouTube
  • Saul Williams: Slam Poetry Performance - YouTube

Saul Williams Books

Saul Williams Speaking Topics

  • An Evening of Poetry

  • The Evolution of Hip-Hop

  • The Connection between Hip-Hop & Poetry

  • My Experience Living Abroad: A Black American Artist & Afro-Futurism

FAQs on booking Saul Williams

  • How to book Saul Williams?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Saul Williams for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Saul Williams, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Saul Williams or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Saul Williams?

    Booking fees for Saul Williams, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Saul Williams, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Saul Williams?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Saul Williams for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Saul Williams for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Saul Williams or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Saul Williams or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Saul Williams is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Saul Williams for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Saul Williams generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Aaron McGruder, James McBride, Kevin Powell, Larry Wilmore and Talib Kweli. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Saul Williams for an upcoming event.

Saul Williams Speaker Videos

  • Saul Williams: "MartyrLoserKing" | Talks at Google
    FULL INTERVIEW: Saul Williams - YouTube
  • Saul Williams: Slam Poetry Performance - YouTube
    Saul Williams: Black Stacey - YouTube

Saul Williams Speaking Topics

  • An Evening of Poetry

  • The Evolution of Hip-Hop

  • The Connection between Hip-Hop & Poetry

  • My Experience Living Abroad: A Black American Artist & Afro-Futurism

Saul Williams News

  • Saul Williams, The English Beat to perform at The Pyramid Scheme

    GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Pyramid Scheme has booked a pair of high-profile shows: Poet and hip-hop artist Saul Williams, and reformed 1980s 2 Tone ska band The English Beat...

  • A Different Kind of Dance: Saul Williams' Volcanic Sunlight

    From a man who's known as much for his biting, verbose cultural and political criticism, it was hard to know what to expect from a new record that was called, by the artist himself in the press release announcing it, "a dance album." But spoken-word poet, writer, musician, and activist Saul Williams hasn't gone soft on Volcanic Sunlight, his fourth full-length album. It's just that his priorities...

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