CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., November 4, 2008 – The Student Activities Council (SAC) of Southeast Missouri State University is hosting a nationally known Slam Poet at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the University Center Program Lounge.
Shihan began his writing career in 1989, when he received a full scholarship to the Williston North Hampton School in Massachusetts for creative writing. He went on to write for the NBA Jam Session series as well as to create the theme for Reebok’s “Blacktop” campaign. Shihan has found work writing for the very popular Schoolhouse Rocks compilation series. Also, he co-wrote one of MTV’s most popular Rock The Vote campaigns, “Tic Toc.”
Shihan is undoubtedly one of the most dynamic spoken word artists of our generation. This National Poetry Slam Champion (2004) and National Poetry Slam Finalist (second in 2001, fifth in 2003 and third in 2005) has been featured on a variety of media outlets including seven appearances on six seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry, NBC, Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen Network, Al Gore’s Current TV, Nike’s Battlegrounds, Reebok, Adidas, NBA, CNN, Artisan Films’ “Belly DVD,” Complex and Billboard Magazine, several national commercial spots, five national tours including the Tony Award-winning Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry Jam International Tour and two upcoming spoken word documentaries with theatrical releases, “SP!T” and the sequel to 1997’s cult doc “Slam Nation, Slam Planet.” His abilities to transcend cultural and generational boundaries have made Shihan a much sought after talent.
Shihan has been co-hosting Da’ Poetry Lounge, the nation’s largest open mic in Hollywood for the past eight years. His debut CD “The Poet” has sold more than 4,000 copies in the United States. In 2005, Shihan became the first poet to have a poem named “download of the week” on iTunes.com. In fall 2006, Shihan released his second commercial CD entitled “The Balance.”