Humble, yet explosive, his persona is one of modest strength and calm passion. Possessing a formidable stature and strong-baritone voice command attention,
Will holds his audiences spellbound.
When asked what keeps him humble in an arena that he seems to dominate wherever he goes, his reply is this, "I am never bigger than the poems I write or the people who listen to them." And it has been that way since 2001.
Gabrielle Bouliane was an amazing artist and beautiful human being. She made an indelible mark on the many people who loved her, as well as the art of performance poetry.
She was my friend. I miss her. My shoulders still burn from her tears.
On behalf of the Slam Family, I am going to set up a memorial page here for her. Please share your memories of Gabrielle in the comments. If you would like to share poems or photos of her, I will publish them here. Please send them to
From Steve Marsh:
Her camera poised,
framed by her shocking red hair,
Focused on the art.
The Poetry Slam Family mourns the passing of another giant, Gabrielle Bouliane.
Beyond her talent as a poet, Gabrielle worked tirelessly behind the scenes for the family recording countless bouts at NPS, IWPS, and WOWPS. Her contribution to the growth of poetry slam as a movement cannot be overstated.