“He’s a profound poet who inspires us. He challenges us to be individuals.”
 —Russell Simmons
Pardon the old saw, but in truth, Saul Williams is a poet and he knows it.  He can catch a wave of inspiration and unleash a heightened flow like the best, and likewise, much of his life gets sucked into the creative vortex. No exception.”
Kimberly Chun, San Francisco Chronicle

A superstar poet, actor, and musician in his own right, Saul Williams offers his “poem in red” mixed with a choir of one hundred young poets, students, and outsiders who might not otherwise have their voices heard, along with poets as old as legendary Abiodun Oyewole (who spearheaded the infamous Last Poets in 1968) and as young as Justin Long Moton (2011 New York City Youth Poet Laureate).  Chorus also includes work from such other notable names from the world of poetry as Major Jackson, Terrance Hayes, Jessica Care Moore, Staceyann Chin,  Suheir Hammad, Patricia Smith, Amber Tamblyn, and Beau Sia.  As Williams writes: “This is a book that I have been taking submissions for over the past ten years as hundreds of poets/artists/ writers have handed me their work with hopes that I would read it.  My goal is to create an important book that connects varied voices into a cohesive work of art that stands out as a generational testament of our time.”Chorus is an anthem of a new generation of poets unified by the desire to transcend the identity politics of the day and begin to be seen as one.  This literary mixtape will serve as the definitive handbook for all artists who seek confirmation of their creative visions and outlook.

About Saul Williams:  Acclaimed poet and musician, Saul Williams’ open-mic escapades with the Nuyorican Poets peaked at Sundance when Slam won the Grand Jury Prize, and the art world celebrated the arrival of a whole new kind of talent. He defied his genre’s precious reputation and tore voraciously into the guts of life, groping after the exalted and transcendent sex sensations that make it all worth living. His early success led to collaborations with the likes of Erykah Badu, Nas, The Roots and Zack De La Rocha, and descended as much from KRS One and Public Enemy as Allen Ginsberg and Amiri Baraka, he was a new kind of poet. With each of Williams’ great successes has come abrupt change. He has pinball bounced from Morehouse philosophy scholar to cerebral street sermonizer to breakout indie actor, from hallucinatory hip-hop alchemist to dreadlocked mohawk rockstar, vibing Nine Inch Nails, scurrying across tones, modes and media to defy categorization. He has read published poetry volumes to opera house audiences with full orchestral backing. He has contributed to the New York Times, voiced Jean Michel Basquiat in Downtown 81 and cut records with Rick Rubin and Trent Reznor. Throughout all these chaotic ventures, Saul Williams has been one steady thing: an uncompromising voice determined to tap the adrenaline center of his existence with any tool he can get his hands on. Saul Williams is the author of four books of poetry.  He lives in Paris.  His website: www.saulwilliams.com


Volcanic Sunlight


Edited by Saul Williams
with Dufflyn Lammers & Aja Monet
Available September 4th, 2012


Last year I put a call out through social media for poets to send me their writings for the sake of a literary experiment which I hoped to engineer. Within one month I received approximately 8000 poems from which I, with the help of Aja and Dufflyn, selected 100. I then put the titles and authors aside and attempt to fuse 100 voices into one. Themes arose organically, as did the sequence of the poems (The many contributors are listed in the back, like film credits.) I then highlighted words throughout the length of the book to create a "meta-poem", furthering the fusion of the many voices into one. CHORUS is the newest testament of a living generation. A testament that affirms that sometimes we stand on the shoulders of previous generations, while other times we are forced to stand on their necks.


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