JW Basilo
J.W. Basilo

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 performance.

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 swhitfie@iwu.edu or Natalie Lalagos at nlalagos@iwu.edu.

Contact: Kristin Fields, '12, (309) 556-3181, univcomm@iwu.edu