Performance Artist J.W. Basilo to Perform
April 3, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – On Wednesday, April 4, Illinois Wesleyan's Lyrical Graffiti will
host their final event of the year, featuring performance artist J.W. Basilo.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. in the
Young Main Lounge of the Memorial Center (104 E. University St., Bloomington). An
open mic will precede the event at 6:30, with a student slam following Basilo's hour-long
Basilo will also conduct a performance poetry workshop at 5 p.m. in Room 102 of Shaw
Hall (1312 N. Park St., Bloomington). The workshop is open to students of all majors.
Combining stand up, storytelling, music and poetry, Basilo's performances have been
called hilarious, heart-wrenching and raucous. His work has appeared on National Public
Radio (NPR) and The Chicago Tribune, as well as a number of literary journals. In 2009, Basilo's one-man dramedy, No One Can Fix You opened in Chicago, Seattle and New York City. A competitive poet as well, he was
a finalist at the 2007 Individual World Poetry Slam and finished second at the 2009
National Underground Poetry Individual Championship.
Basilo has three full-length albums, Poet Laureate of Apt. 2E, Love Crimes, Etc. and When I Woke Up, I Ran, in addition to a chapbook, I Dare You to Believe This. He is currently a writer-in-residence at Chicago's Real Talk Avenue, a literary group
that puts on monthly variety shows.
For additional information on Basilo, visit his website at www.bustedmouth.com. For further information on the event, contact Stephen Whitfield at firstname.lastname@example.org or Natalie Lalagos at email@example.com.
Contact: Kristin Fields, '12, (309) 556-3181, firstname.lastname@example.org