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Staff Pick: Africian-American Shakespeare

Shelton Alexander, professionally known as African-American Shakespeare, is a poet and an activist. Alexander has been part of the spoken word scene since 2001. He won the title of Grand Slam Champion of New Orleans in 2005 and appeared on the HBO series “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam.” Shelton collaborated with Spike Lee in 2007 for the HBO documentary, “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts,” about the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and the conditions at the Superdome. Alexander, along with 18 others, was able to escape the Superdome in Alexander’s Ford truck before the conditions worsened. Much of Alexander’s film footage from Hurricane Katrina and the Superdome appears in “When the Levees Broke” and was recently bought by National Geographic. Alexander will be reading original works at Open Books on Saturday night, as well as discussing his experiences during Hurricane Katrina.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25

WHERE: Open Books, 4115 Barrancas Ave.

COST: Free

DETAILS: 453-6774