The award winning internationally touring poet, playwright, and performer, Inua Ellams will be sharing poetry and stories. As influenced by hip hop culture as he is by the Romantics, his work mixes musicality and heightened mellifluous speech with Nigerian storytelling. Once described as the love child of Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and John Keats, his reoccurring themes are Identity and Destiny.
Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a cross art form practitioner, a poet, playwright & performer, graphic artist & designer and founder of the Midnight Run — an international, arts-filled, night-time, playful, urban, walking experience. He is a Complete Works poet alumni and a designer at White Space Creative Agency. Across his work, Identity, Displacement & Destiny are reoccurring themes in which he also tries to mix the old with the new: traditional african storytelling with contemporary poetry, pencil with pixel, texture with vector images. His poetry is published by Flipped Eye, Akashic, Nine Arches & several plays by Oberon.