Boston Book Festival 2020 Boston Book Festival 2020

Lit Crawl Global: Feel It, Speak It

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Tim Hall is a musician and performance poet from Detroit, now residing in Boston. His poetry draws inspiration from his lived experiences—charting the nuances of blackness, masculinity, and the beauties of life. He's an assistant professor in the Professional Music Department at Berklee College of Music, was nominated for Session Musician of the Year by the Boston Music Awards (2018, 2019), received a 2019 Artist Luminary Award from local youth arts nonprofit Zumix, and was honored by WBUR's Artery as 1 of 25 millennials of color impacting arts and culture in Boston.

From listening to hip hop off of cassette tapes as a child, to having dreams of becoming a rapper, to realizing that making beats was the true calling, becoming a music producer is where Seoul Music finds himself today. After leaving his job he chose to follow his dreams of making an impact on the world through music. Since that day he's competed and won multiple producer beat battles in the city of Boston via The Stew Showcase/The Beatclub. He is one half of "Rush Hour," a production duo with another Boston-bred producer named Bizz. They earned first place in Boston for the iStandard Beast of the Beats, a worldwide producer competition. This allowed them to compete in Miami in the finale with some of the best independent producers from all over the world. They dropped an instrumental tape called "6:17" Rush Hour which can be listened to on Soundcloud. He has worked with notable Boston artists such as Oompa "Feel Like Cole" featuring Anson Rap$ and Brandie Blaze "Brandi/Brandie."

D. Ruff is a spoken word poet, author of "Staying on 94: Tales from a Misguided Soul," and Creative Director of the Boston Pulse Poetry program. He has been the co-host of the "if you can Feel It, you can Speak It" Open Mic movement,  held at Bella Luna/ Milky Way in Jamaica Plain, for the last ten years.  He has been writing and performing for over twenty years.  Most of his poems stem from personal experiences and his environments and therefore range in topics from black love and heartbreak to inequality and black culture. D. Ruff performs with inspiring passion in hopes that any black body will also want to find a way to express themselves, find that "tribe" and achieve their greatness, with the intention of leaving the cycle of hurt, pain, and negativity, right where it was showcased.


In 2020, many Lit Crawls worldwide were cancelled due to COVID-19, so Lit Crawl Global decided to gather everyone for one big virtual literary hoedown. We're pleased to join our literary colleagues in Kells (Ireland), Cheltenham (England), Angers (France), Wellington (New Zealand), Los Angeles, and Seattle for this event, broadcast from Manny's, in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District.

Lit Crawl Boston's entry features D. Ruff, Tim Hall, and producer Seoul Music. D. Ruff represents Team Be Spoken, core members of the long-running "Feel It, Speak It" open mic—a collective of spoken word artists, community activists, and individuals who are determined to change the world one talent at a time. He is the author of "Staying on 94: Tales from a Misguided Soul" and the creative director of the Boston Pulse Poetry program. Tim Hall is a musician and performance poet from Detroit now residing in Boston. His poetry charts the nuances of blackness, masculinity, and the beauties of life. An Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music, he was twice nominated for Session Musician of the Year by the Boston Music Awards and was honored by WBUR's ARTery as one of 25 millennials of color impacting arts and culture in Boston. Hip-hop producer Seoul Music is one-half of Rush Hour, a production duo with fellow Boston-bred producer Bizz. The team earned first place in Boston for iStandard Beast of the Beats, a worldwide producing competition.