Born and raised in Chicago Illinois, 24 year old Steven  Willis uses his  writing background to embark on the daunting task of creatively articulating African American culture. With  art heavily influenced by urban life and religion, Steven mixes elements of hip hop and performance with formal teachings of  history and anthropology to help express his eclectic personal narrative. Willis began doing spoken word at the age of 15 as a participant of Louder Than A Bomb and has performed for the likes of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel  and Olympic Track Gold Medalist Sonya Richards Ross.  WillIs is a contributing writer to the BreakBeat Poets Anthology, NYU’s National Council for Teacher of English Journal, Manhattanville College’s Graffiti Magazine and  is a 2 time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist. He is current Mentor in Residence at Urban Word NYC