Born in Maywood and raised in Peoria, Illinois, Brandon Alexander Williams is a poet, MC and DJ. Williams is an alumnus of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where he produced “The Yard: An A’Capella/Hip-Hop Musical.” As an active MC and DJ, he has performed and taught throughout the country, produced eight albums, published two books and given several guest lectures and keynotes centered around art-integrated education.


I am not here to entertain you, I am here to make you think—in color. Rhymes are red and notes are blue—past tense. I identify as a mother-loving genius, cunning linguist. My lyrics will make your brain smile.


Watch an interview of Brandon:


Watch a presentation by Williams in partnership with the Stanley Museum of Art:

Former Fellow
2018 to 2019