Western Carolina University’s Lectures, Concerts and Exhibitions Series will present an “Evening of Spoken Word” featuring poet, actor and musician Saul Williams at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center.
Williams’ poetry fuses new age percepts with age-old ideas through spoken word, an art form in which lyrics, poetry or stories are spoken instead of sung, oftentimes with background music. Williams has published three collections of poetry: “Said the Shotgun to the Head,” “She” and “The Seventh Octave.”
Williams is best known for his debut performance and featured poetry in the 1998 film “Slam,” which he co-wrote. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998 and the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Williams also was presented the Perry Ellis Breakthrough Award by New York’s Independent Film Project and was nominated for a Spirit Award for best performance.
As a Newburgh, N.Y., native, Williams earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Morehouse College in Atlanta and his master’s degree in acting at New York University. Williams has performed with legendary poets Allen Ginsberg and Sonia Sanchez and has released three albums: “Amethyst Rock Star” in 2001, “Not in My Name” in 2003 and “Saul Williams” in 2004.
Tickets for Williams’ performance are available now and are free of charge for WCU students, $5 for WCU faculty and staff, and $10 for the general public.
For more information about the event or the LCE Series, call (828) 227-7206.