Creator Russell Simmons will also be on hand for a discussion with the cast at the B&N Lincoln Center location at 1972 Broadway in New York City. The diverse cast of modern-day troubadours includes Black Ice, Staceyann Chin, Steve Colman, Mayda Del Valle, Suheir Hammad, Tamika (AKA Georgia Me) Harper, Lemon, Poetri and Beau Sia.
The theatrical Def Poetry Jam debuted at San Francisco's Theatre on the Square, although the HBO specials have been popular for some time. Presented by Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan, in association with Kimora Lee Simmons, Island Def Jam Music Group, Brett Ratner and David Rosenberg, Def Poetry Jam is conceived by Lathan and Simmons. Lathan directs.