_MG_5371The last thing you’d expect to come out the mouth of a 6 foot 5 inch black man is a poem about “Luke #$%@$%#$$ Skywalker”. Awkward and unexpected but that’s what you get from Shawn William. He has the unique talent of making the most uncomfortable poem comfortable and entertaining for the audience to listen to. This National Finalist & 3-Time Grand Slam Champion started performing in Oakland, Ca. back in 1999 and quickly became a Bay Area legend. Shawn has been invited to speak and/or feature at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, NBA All Star Weekend in Las Vegas and at the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY. A devoted husband and father Shawn also gives back to his community by founding the Golden State Slam & Open Mic. The GSS not only provides a safe and honest place for poets to grow, but it also cultivates & mentors artist to perform on bigger stages.