Shawn William

Writer. Artist. Speaker


"Underrated" and "unmatched" are words often used to describe the dynamic spoken word artist Shawn William.

Living in Oakland, CA. Shawn William is a captivating, multi-talented, award-winning writer, and nationally recognized spoken word artist. 

Shawn's vivid storytelling style, clever wordplay, comedic style & vulnerability are not only relatable but also refreshing to his audiences. 

1/5 member and co-founder of the critically acclaimed writing collective Fiveology, Shawn has toured with Grammy Award winner Jill Scott, featured on Verses & Flow (TVOne), The Arsenio Show (UPN), The ESPY's Celebrity After Party, Radio City Music Hall (NYC), The Apollo (NYC) and recently selected for a residency at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.


But it’s not just spoken word poetry with Shawn William, continuing his journey on being a prolific writer his blogs & social media post are informative, inspiring, and hilarious just like his spoken word pieces which only shows that he's a great writer. His tweets and social media post have gone viral numerous times with the help of Steve Harvey, Shannon Sharp, Don Lemon & The Shade Room.

With two books "Sex, Love, Heartaches & Healing" for sale now & "The First 5" scheduled to be released in July 2022, a short film & television projects in production Shawn William continues to cement his legacy for years to come.   


Sex, Love, Heartaches & Healing is a series of poems, love letters, random thoughts, short stories, flashbacks, epiphanies & realizations written by Shawn William. The book peels back layers of male masculine energy allowing the reader to view a more vulnerable & human side of a black man dealing with lust, love, breakups, marriage, divorce while reentering the dating scene. The book just like Shawn's live performances will take you on an emotional rollercoaster one minute busting out laughing & the next hot & bothered possibly calling for "Thigh Meat" takeout.


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The First

The First 5 is the first installment of an unfinished love poem, a lecture in legacy building, a heartfelt declaration to my son Langston letting him know how much my life has changed in a positive way since he came into it. 



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